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Requiring Some Patients to Get Mental Health Treatment Saves Money

(8/5/2013)

Requiring Some Patients to Get Mental Health Treatment Saves Money
Medical News Today
August 1, 2013

Mandating outpatient treatment for certain people with severe mental illness, while controversial, results in substantial cost savings by cutting hospitalizations and increasing outpatient care, according to a financial analysis led by researchers at Duke Medicine. The study found that treatment costs for a group of frequently hospitalized patients declined 50 percent in New York City after the first year of an outpatient commitment program, and dropped another 13 percent the second year. Even larger cost savings were reported in five other New York counties that were also part of the analysis.

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Keywords: patients, mental, health, treatment, saves, money, mandating



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