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Health Affairs Web First: In 2013, US Spent More On Mental Disorders Than On Any Other Medical Condition
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A new study, released as a Web First by Health Affairs, estimated health spending by medical condition for the entire US population and found that in 2013, $201 billion were spent on mental disorders — more than on any other medical condition. These estimates, developed under contract to the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, include health spending by the military and institutionalized populations and are benchmarked to the National Health Expendture Accounts.

The study, by Charles Roehrig, which covers the period  1996–2013, updates a 2009 Health Affairs study that used the same methodology and covered the period 1996–2005.  The 2016 study highlights the low rate of increase in spending on heart conditions and cerebrovascular disease during this period. According to the study, the slow spending growth is explained by reductions in smoking and better control of risk factors such as hypertension and hyperlipidemia, credited with declining death rates for these conditions.