Psychotropic Medication Costs Among Youth with Private Insurance in 1998

Published in: Psychiatric Services, v. 52, no. 2, Feb. 2001, p. 152

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2001

by Bradley D. Stein, Roland Sturm, Kanika Kapur, Jeanne S. Ringel

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Recent studies have documented a substantial increase in the use of psychotropic medications by children and adolescents. However, no data are available on the proportion of total mental health costs accounted for by use of psychotropic medications by youth. This article presents 1998 cost estimates from more than 100,000 privately insured children in all census regions.

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