October is Depression Awareness Month
Today marks the end of Depression Awareness Month. While the stigma that so often accompanies mental illnesses – even common conditions such as depression and anxiety – is decreasing thanks to increased education, awareness and acceptance, the topic of cost still gets swept under the rug. Of the nearly 15 million adults in the U.S. who suffer from depression, almost 50 percent have a co-occurring, chronic medical condition, and the cost implications are unsustainable for patients’ health and the industry at large.[i]
Did you know it costs $752 more per month to treat a patient suffering from depression and a chronic medical condition than a patient who only has a chronic medical condition? See below for more facts on the costs of depression and be sure to connect with Quartet Health on Twitter, LinkedIn or at www.QuartetHealth.com for more information on how technology is improving behavioral healthcare delivery and enabling cost control across the industry.