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Behavioral health cases doubled over a decade
Modern Healthcare

Behavioral health diagnoses ballooned over the past decade as more youths cope with mental health and substance abuse issues, according to a new analysis of private health insurance claims.

Behavioral health cases increased 108% from 2007 to 2017, rising from 1.3% to 2.7% of all medical claim lines, the not-for-profit Fair Health’s analysis of 28 billion claims found. The share of claims for those age 22 or younger with major depressive disorder, the most common diagnosis, increased from 15% to 23% over that span.