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Differences in medical care expenditures for adults with depression compared to adults with major chronic conditions.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
The journal of mental health policy and economics
Publication Date
Volume
12
Issue
2
Pages
87–95
Identifiers
PMID: 19567934
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

High out-of-pocket expenditures are a concern for individuals with chronic diseases. Our study shows that those with depression have comparable out-of-pocket expenses to those with other chronic diseases, but given their lower income levels, this may result in a more substantial financial burden. IMPLICATION FOR POLICY: High out-of-pocket expenditures are a concern for individuals with depression and other chronic diseases. For both depressed individuals and non-depressed individuals with other chronic diseases, prescription drug expenditures contribute most to out-of-pocket expenses. Given the important role medications play in treatment of depression, high copayment rates are a concern for limiting compliance with appropriate treatment.

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