Approximately 15% of the U.S. population received mental health and substance abuse services and spent approximately $85.3 billion for those services in 1997, the most recent year figures are available. This represents slightly less than 8% of all healthcare spending in the country in 1997.
Spending on retail behavioral health prescription drugs represented more than one of every 10 dollars spent in MH/SA. Because newer pharmacotherapies have proven to be increasingly safe and carry fewer bad side effects, nonpsychiatrists have become heavy prescribers of these drugs.
See the print publication for the following charts:
- Hospital, HMO, e-healthcare connectivity and PPM indexes compared with the S&P 500: Jan 3, 2000, through Sept 29, 2000.
- Healthcare service companies' change in market capitalization
- Selected categories of mental health/substance abuse spending and compound annual growth rates, 1987-1997
- Mental health expenditures by payer, 1997