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US spent more on mental illness than on any other conditions in 2013, study finds

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2895 (Published 20 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2895
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

In 2013 the United States spent $201bn (£138bn; €179bn) on mental health disorders, more than on any other groups of conditions, a study has found.1 More than 40% of the spending was for the care of institutionalized groups, which included nursing home residents, long term patients in psychiatric hospitals, and prisoners.

The next four most expensive conditions in 2013 were heart conditions, which cost $147bn, trauma ($143bn), cancer ($95bn), and pulmonary conditions ($95bn). After these were osteoarthritis, normal birth, diabetes, kidney disease, and hypertension.

Overall, healthcare spending grew at an average annual rate of 5.9% between 1996 and 2013, outstripping the growth of gross domestic product (GDP), which grew at …

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