Speciality Care Costs Higher for Bipolar Patients

21 May 2009 (Last Updated May 21st, 2009 18:30)

The care costs for patients suffering from bipolar disorder are higher compared to diabetes and other chronic conditions, according to researchers in the US. These findings were presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in San Francisco by Mayo Clinic,

The care costs for patients suffering from bipolar disorder are higher compared to diabetes and other chronic conditions, according to researchers in the US.

These findings were presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association in San Francisco by Mayo Clinic, a non-profit organisation.

A data review of healthcare claims over a four-year period showed that only patients with coronary artery disease and diabetes had higher costs than bipolar patients.

Total costs, speciality care visits, speciality care costs, outpatient psychiatric costs and outpatient psychiatric visits were compared.

Mayo Clinic psychiatrist and lead researcher Mark Williams said that psychiatric care costs represented only a portion of the speciality care costs for these chronic conditions.

"The goal of this study is to drive practice changes that improve the efficiency and value of care for bipolar disorder with hopes to improve care while reducing costs," Williams said.

By staff writer.