Mental Illness, Chemical Dependency, and Medical Expenditures
Porter, Doug, Policy & Practice
In most state Medicaid programs, 5 percent of the patients are responsible for 50 percent of the expenditures. But in Washington state, we're looking at different numbers. Medical assistance clients with a combination of chronic medical conditions, mental health and substance abuse issues consume more units of care at higher unit costs.
* Up to 20 percent of the most expensive medical assistance that the population needs is for alcoholsubstance abuse treatment, yet only 6 percent of them get it.
* One-third of the age 5 to 50 population has mental health issues, and 13 percent of them have substance abuse and alcohol issues.
* Treatment of depression, schizophrenia …
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Publication information: Article title: Mental Illness, Chemical Dependency, and Medical Expenditures. Contributors: Porter, Doug - Author. Magazine title: Policy & Practice. Volume: 66. Issue: 1 Publication date: March 2008. Page number: 15+. © 2008 American Public Human Services Association. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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