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Interlinked mental and physical health problems cost NHS more than £11bn a year

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 08 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1409
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

Interlinked psychological and physical health problems are costing the NHS more than £11bn (€14.2bn; $15.6bn) a year, a figure that could be reduced by better integration of services, says a new report from the healthcare think tank the King’s Fund.1

The report also argues that integrating physical and mental healthcare could improve health outcomes for patients.

The fund estimates that £11bn is the collective cost each year of high rates of mental ill …

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