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

Authors
  • Lurie, Ithai Z
  • Manheim, Larry M
  • Dunlop, Dorothy D
Type
Published Article
Journal
The journal of mental health policy and economics
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2009
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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