Depression is Major Healthcare Cost Driver

February 01, 2013 by Kathy Nellor

Depression is the biggest driver of health spending, according to a new study in Health Affairs. Based on the data of more than 92,000 workers, depression accounted for a 48 percent jump in healthcare spending--far higher than cost drivers such as obesity, tobacco use or high blood pressure.

Check out the study abstract.

Plus make sure to check out the Dealing with Depression guide available in the health library.

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