A detailed study by Milliman, one of the leading actuarial firms in the world, demonstrates a strong relationship between individuals’ behavioral health issues and their overall health care costs, and at the same time notes that spending to address these individuals’ behavioral health issues is a fraction of spending on their physical health.
One of the remedies, not surprisingly, is Whole Person care: “In particular, effective approaches for the integration of behavioral and physical health care…have been well studied and found to have significant potential for cost savings.”
While the link between behavioral and physical health is no surprise to anyone in behavioral health and human services, the magnitude of the numbers in the Milliman study may be.
The Milliman study’s methodology didn’t allow for a causal link between spending on an individual’s behavioral health treatments and the amount of their healthcare costs, but the authors noted that other studies have found that integrating behavioral health into primary care settings can be effective at controlling healthcare costs.
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