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Mental illnesses are second leading cause of time off work in Spain
Date:1/28/2010

Spain's autonomous region and central governments direct financial and human resources to the prevention and treatment of mental illnesses (as can be seen in estimated healthcare expenditure figures), "the hidden social cost (lost employment and the cost of informal care) represents an even bigger social burden", explains Oliva.

Other figures and percentages

The total cost of mental illnesses in Spain in 2002 has been estimated to be at least 7.019 billion, with direct medical costs accounting for 39.6% of this amount, representing at least 7.3% of total public healthcare costs in Spain that year.

According to the research, direct costs resulting from mental illnesses represented 57.3% of the total estimated cost, with the remaining 42.7% representing the loss in workplace productivity.

In terms of direct medical costs, the most significant expenditure resulted from hospitalisations (19.1% of total estimated cost) and drugs (15.6% of total estimated cost). Overall, total expenditure in 2002 represented almost 1% of Spain's gross domestic product (GDP).


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