AHRQ Stats: Mental Health Care
Among the five costliest health conditions in both 2002 and 2012 – heart conditions, cancer, trauma-related disorders, mental disorders, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma – mental health conditions showed the biggest increase in the number of patients treated. About 45 million Americans received mental health care services totaling $84 billion in 2012, an increase from 2002, when 31 million Americans received services for mental health care totaling $59 billion. Those receiving mental health care paid the highest out-of-pocket share of expenses (roughly 20 percent) while those treated for cancer paid the lowest out-of-pocket share (about 6 percent) in 2002 and 2012. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #470, Trends in the Five Most Costly Conditions among the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2002 and 2012.)
STATISTICAL BRIEF #470:
|Anita Soni, PhD, MBA|
- The same five medical conditions—heart conditions, cancer, trauma-related disorders, mental disorders, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma—were ranked highest for medical spending in both 2002 and 2012.
- Heart conditions accounted for the highest total spending in both 2002 and 2012.
- The number of people with expenses for mental disorders increased from 31 million in 2002 to 45 million in 2012.
- Among these five medical conditions, mean expenditures per person were highest for cancer and heart conditions in both 2002 and 2012.
- The percentage of out-of-pocket expenses was highest for the treatment of mental disorders in both 2002 and 2012 among the top five most expensive conditions.