Psychiatric Care Expenditures and Length of Stay

Trends in Industrialized Countries

Published in: Psychiatric Services, v. 51, no. 3, Mar. 2000, p. 295

Posted on on December 31, 1999

by Roland Sturm, Yuhua Bao

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The report shows that the share of inpatient expenditures for psychiatric disorders has been decreasing in many industrialized countries. In the U.S. this decrease has been attributed to the growth of managed care, but the fact that it is so widespread indicates that it is more likely due to treatment advances, especially medications, that reduce the need for inpatient care.

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