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J Nerv Ment Dis. 1975 Apr;160(4):249-54.

Cost-financed mental health facility. III. Economic issues and implications for future patterns of health care.


Data are presened concerning the economics of a cost-financed mental health facility and a lobor union insurance program. The total cost per insured enrolle for all mental health services did not exceed $5.41 per year. The cost per treated patient per year remained under $490. These data strongly support the feasibility of including mental health benefits in national health insurance. Costs are then compared between fee-for-service insurance and cost financing. Average costs per treated patient in the cost-financed facility were $302 over a 4-year period. Similar computations under fee-for services financing showed costs of $824. The difference reflects much greater use of hospitalizations in the fee-for-service system. These data and the data from the preceding two papers on the clinical and utilization partterns of cost-financed facilites suggest that these facilities are practical clinical forms. Implications for national health insurance, HMO legislation, and community mental health centers are explored.

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