October 8, 2009
A recent study by the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (a set of large-scale surveys that collects data on U.S. health care spending by individuals, employers, and government insurers) found that the cost of mental illness is skyrocketing nationwide. Between 1996 and 2006 the cost of mental illness in the U.S. jumped from $35.2 to $57.5 billion, for an increase of 63.4%. This overwhelming increase in cost for mental illness is greater than that of any other disease. (Heart disease is still the most expensive overall at $78 billion, with trauma-related disorders coming in second at $68.1 billion and cancer tied with mental disorders for third at $57.5 billion).
These statistics underscore the need to get adequate treatment for mental disorders. One helpful treatment for such disorders is the Nedley Depression Recovery Program. This program has been shown to be more effective than medication and traditional treatments for depression and anxiety. It also saves a significant amount of funds in the long run, as medical bills go down significantly for the average attendee.
The next upcoming program is October 15-26. 2009. Due to Dr. Nedley’s schedule there may not be a spring program, so if you know of anyone struggling with depression and/or anxiety please notify them or help them get signed up for the Nedley Health Report newsletter so they will be notified of future programs.
Topics: Health News