The Medical Offset Effect And Public Health Policy

The Medical Offset Effect And Public Health Policy

by John Fiedler, Jonathan B. Wight
     
 

Does the timely treatment of mental illness result in a drop in the cost of health care, and if so, what is the cost effectiveness? This study provides an overview, synthesis, and analysis of the medical offset effect. It demonstrates that a medical offset effect does exist and the size of the effect is significant. A behavioral model provides a precise method for

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Does the timely treatment of mental illness result in a drop in the cost of health care, and if so, what is the cost effectiveness? This study provides an overview, synthesis, and analysis of the medical offset effect. It demonstrates that a medical offset effect does exist and the size of the effect is significant. A behavioral model provides a precise method for ascertaining the dimensions of medical offset and an explanation of the underlying causal relationships. The offset effect for an important population group is analyzed through the use of Medicaid patient data from Georgia and Michigan. This clear, concise book will provide students, researchers, mental health professionals, insurance companies, and government agencies with an understanding of the current and potential future relationships between general medical care and mental health care services.

The Medical Offset Effect begins with the historical and structural evolution of the mental health industry since World War II. The book then reviews medical offset literature. The behavioral model is followed by an empirical analysis and the book concludes with a general analytical framework for the development of a national mental health policy in light off the medical offset effect.

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Booknews
Providers of mental health services have long asserted that money spent on psychological evaluation and treatment is offset partially, if not entirely, by savings in the public health sector. Although this alleged phenomenon, the medical offset effect, has been studied for two decades, there is nothing approaching a consensus about whether or not such an effect exists. This book (based on an NIMH study) is for treatment providers, as well as analysts in insurance companies and government agencies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275928599
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/1989
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

JOHN L. FIEDLER is an Associate with Macro Systems, Inc., a health and social service consulting firm. He received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University where he specialized in health economics and economic development.

JONATHAN B. WIGHT is Associate Professor of Economics at the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond.

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