Depression Casts Shadow on Healthcare Costs

Monday, October 12th, 2009
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Even before the economic downturn, there has been a growing recognition that depression must be identified and treated because of its comorbidity with other chronic conditions. The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare reports that individuals with severe mental illness (SMI) are dying 25 years younger than the rest of the population — potentially as a result of the treatment system surrounding these individuals.

And in a featured story in this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update, a new survey finds that unemployed individuals are four times as likely as the employed to report symptoms consistent with SMI; workers whose hours or pay has been cut are twice as likely to have these symptoms. Also this week, read about the industry trend toward integration of primary and mental health, the targeted populations and optimal program delivery methods.

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