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The cost of Medicare-funded medical and pharmaceutical services for mental disorders in children and adolescents in Australia

Le, Dao Khanh Long, Shih, S, Richards-Jones, S, Chatterton, Mary Lou, Engel, Lidia, Stevenson, C, Lawrence, D, Pepin, Genevieve and Mihalopoulos, Cathrine 2021, The cost of Medicare-funded medical and pharmaceutical services for mental disorders in children and adolescents in Australia, PLoS One, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 1-16, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0249902.

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Title The cost of Medicare-funded medical and pharmaceutical services for mental disorders in children and adolescents in Australia
Author(s) Le, Dao Khanh LongORCID iD for Le, Dao Khanh Long orcid.org/0000-0002-9442-6824
Shih, S
Richards-Jones, S
Chatterton, Mary LouORCID iD for Chatterton, Mary Lou orcid.org/0000-0003-4902-9448
Engel, LidiaORCID iD for Engel, Lidia orcid.org/0000-0002-7959-3149
Stevenson, C
Lawrence, D
Pepin, GenevieveORCID iD for Pepin, Genevieve orcid.org/0000-0002-8382-160X
Mihalopoulos, CathrineORCID iD for Mihalopoulos, Cathrine orcid.org/0000-0002-7127-9462
Journal name PLoS One
Volume number 16
Issue number 4
Article ID e0249902
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher Public Library of Science
Place of publication San Francisco, Calif.
Publication date 2021
ISSN 1932-6203
1932-6203
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Multidisciplinary Sciences
Science & Technology - Other Topics
NATIONAL-SURVEY
HEALTH-CARE
Summary ObjectiveTo examine the health care costs associated with mental disorders and subthreshold mental disorders within a nationally representative sample of children and adolescents in Australia.MethodData were derived from the Young Minds Matter Survey (N = 6,310). Mental disorders were classified using the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children Version IV. Participant data were linked to administrative data on health care costs. Adjusted generalized linear regression models and two-part models were used to estimate mean differences in costs between those with a mental disorder or subthreshold disorder and those without.ResultsCosts associated with health care attendances and medications were higher for children and adolescents with mental disorders and subthreshold mental disorders compared to those without a mental disorder. The additional population health care costs due to mental disorders amounted to AUD$234 million annually in children and adolescents, of which approximately 16% was attributed to out-of-pocket costs. Findings showed that those with subthreshold mental disorders or comorbid mental disorders have substantial additional costs of Medicare-funded medical and pharmaceutical services.Conclusion and implicationMental disorders in children and adolescents are associated with significant health care costs. Further research is needed to ensure that this population is receiving effective and efficient care.
Language eng
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0249902
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Field of Research 111714 Mental Health
140208 Health Economics
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30150067

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