Navigation Links
U.S. Spending on Mental Health Care Soaring
Date:8/5/2009

Rate of increase now outstrips that for heart disease, cancer, data shows

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. spending on mental illness is soaring at a faster pace than spending on any other health care category, new government data released Wednesday shows.

The cost of treating mental disorders rose sharply between 1996 and 2006, from $35 billion (in 2006 dollars) to almost $58 billion, according to the report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

At the same time, the report showed, the number of Americans who sought treatment for depression, bipolar disorder and other mental health woes almost doubled, from 19 million to 36 million.

The new statistics come on the heels of a study, released Monday, that found antidepressant use among U.S. residents almost doubled between a similar time frame, 1996 and 2005.

Spending on mental illness showed a faster rate of growth over the 10-year period analyzed than costs for heart disease, cancer, trauma-linked disorders, and asthma.

According to the report, spending on heart disease rose from $72 billion in 1996 to $78 billion in 2006; cancer care rose from $47 billion to $58 billion; asthma costs climbed from $36 billion to $51 billion, and expenditures for trauma-related care rose from $46 billion to $68 billion.

In terms of per-patient costs, cancer led the way at $5,178 in 2006 (up slightly from $5,067 in 1996), while costs for trauma care and asthma rose sharply -- from $1,220 to $1,953 and from $863 to $1,059, respectively.

On the other hand, average per-patient spending for heart conditions fell, from $4,333 to $3,964. And spending on mental disorders declined from $1,825 to $1,591.

In the Monday study, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, researchers reported that 10.12 percent of U.S. residents aged 6 and over, or 27 million people, were using antidepressants in 2005, compared to 5.84 percent, or 13.3 million people, in 1996.

The increase seemed to span virtually all demographic groups.

"This is a 20-year trend and it's very powerful," remarked Dr. Eric Caine, chair of the department of psychiatry and co-director of the Center for the Study of Prevention of Suicide at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

More information

For information on mental health issues, head to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health.



-- E.J. Mundell



SOURCES: Aug. 5, 2009, news release, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; August 2009, Archives of General Psychiatry; Eric Caine, M.D., chair, department of psychiatry, and co-director, Center for the Study of Prevention of Suicide, University of Rochester Medical Center, N.Y.


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Study finds drug spending caps cause some seniors to quit taking key medicines
2. Medicare Spending Caps Cause Seniors to Stop Meds
3. United States continues to have highest level of health spending
4. Study finds drug spending caps cause some seniors to quit taking key medicines
5. Spending more for lung cancer treatment did not substantially increase patients lives
6. New Records & Information Management: Are You Spending Right on Records Management, Data Security and Compliance?
7. Blunt: Democrats Flawed Spending Compromise
8. Tis the Season ... to Utilize Your Flexible Spending Account on Vision Care
9. Retirees spending freely
10. Health care savings, coverage for all could lower spending $1.5 trillion over 10 years
11. Statement by American Heart Association Immediate-Past President Raymond Gibbons, M.D. on Congressional Omnibus Spending Bill
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
U.S. Spending on Mental Health Care Soaring
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... Oily skin is a common and unwelcomed occurrence in people of ... a lot to offer to the discussion of dealing with excess skin oil. “Oily skin ... many home remedies that can help remove the oily shine while keeping the skin fresh ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... ... March 28, 2017 , ... “A Prophets Bones”: a thrilling adventure that reveals the ... , “There were things that his parents and teachers had asked of him that he ... he was going to defy the Almighty Creator. There were some who would have felt ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... FL (PRWEB) , ... March 27, 2017 , ... ... new patients for clear braces. People who want straight teeth without the extensive ... Invisalign® in Clearwater, FL, without acquiring a referral. A custom-designed series of ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Drs. Justin Kolnick, Kara Diamond, Randall Barton, Keith Hope and ... key role this treatment plays in protecting oral health, along with the benefits of ... who need a root canal in White Plains, NY or their second location in ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 27, 2017 , ... A study ... Buckingham MD, and his colleague, Sudeep Roy, MD, was recently published in the ... Electrocautery Efficacy in Rhytidectomy” details Drs. Buckingham and Roy’s study on the use of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/28/2017)... , March 28, 2017  AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ... the development and commercialization of innovative therapies for ... the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has notified the ... mcg) Marketing Authorisation Application (MAA) has passed validation, ... is underway. The MAA for ARX-04 (known as ...
(Date:3/28/2017)... March 28, 2017 The global ... USD 8.0 billion by 2025, according to a new ... of infectious diseases and cancer is expected to upsurge ... diagnosis over the coming years. In addition, higher number ... and allogenic stem cell therapy, due to adverse effects ...
(Date:3/27/2017)... Summary This report provides all the ... interests and activities since 2010. Description The Partnering Deals ... the partnering activity of one of the world,s leading life ... upon purchase to ensure inclusion of the most up to ... be delivered in PDF format within 1 working day of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: