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Even during his darkest time, Tom Cavanagh focused on the needs of those who were less fortunate. Providing free psychiatric care to those without insurance or financial resources is a gesture that aligns with Tom’s core beliefs. The Charity Care Program at Butler Hospital does just that. Support of this event will enable Tom’s generous spirit to thrive and grow.
The Rising Tide: Charity Care at Butler Hospital
2011 - $4.2 million - 701 cases
2010 - $3 million - 508 cases
2009 - $1.4 million - 315 cases
Approximately one out of six patients served by Butler Hospital was uninsured or underinsured in fiscal year 2011. As the unemployment rate and the number of Rhode Islanders living with an untreated mental illness continue to soar, so will the need for free services. (Note: While the healthcare reform that was passed in 2010 is supposed to extend health care coverage to all Americans, the majority of the legislation will be enacted in 2014 and will be fully implemented in 2019. Even then, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that many Americans will still be without health insurance.)
- Mental health disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada for people ages 15 through 44.
- A 2000 study surveyed 1,090 former National Football League players and found more than 60 percent had suffered at least one concussion in their careers and 26 percent had had three or more. Those who had had been diagnosed with concussions reported more problems with memory, concentration, speech impediments, headaches and other neurological problems than those who had not, the survey found.
- In addition to direct health care, costs due to mental health problems significantly impact other costs, such as productivity, employee assistance programs, disability, general medicine, and pharmaceutical claims.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control, between 2001 and 2009, the estimated number of sports and recreation-related Traumatic Brain Injury visits of children under 19 to Emergency Departments increased 62%, from 153,375 to 248,418.
- Treatment works. Research indicates that more than 80 percent of people with depression improve with appropriate care.
- According to the New York Times, for every soldier killed in battle this year, 25 are dying at their own hands; more than 6,500 veteran suicides occur each year. Many of these veterans are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or a TBI, or are suspected of suffering from one or both conditions.