A new Health Affairs study of U.S. health spending finds that spending on mental disorders was higher than for any other condition in 2013. In total, the U.S. spent $201 billion on mental health care. In contrast, the U.S. spent about 75 percent less, just over $50 billion, to treat hypertension and about 70 percent less to treat kidney disease and diabetes.
Spending growth on heart disease is far slower than for mental disorders in large part because people are smoking a lot less, and we have better ways to control hypertension. As a result, fewer people are dying from heart conditions. Faster spending growth on mental disorders is attributed to people living longer into older age.
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