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Outpatient mental health care linked to lower medical costs, research shows

Posted On: Dec. 7, 2022 9:53 AM CST

Having one or more outpatient behavioral health treatment visits was associated with lower health care costs among patients with newly diagnosed behavioral health conditions, a JAMA Network Open study finds, reports Healthpayer Intelligence. Adults with a behavioral health condition incur 2.8 to 6.2 times greater medical costs than those without one, and nearly a quarter of adults had a behavioral health condition as of 2018.