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Mental Health, Substance Abuse Costs

HealthLeaders magazine, September 13, 2011

The cost for mental health and substance abuse inpatient stays at community hospitals runs into the billions of dollars each year. Over the past decade, the average length of stay for MHSA diagnoses has dropped about 10%, but the number of discharges with a principal MHSA diagnosis has increased about 14%. In 2008, for example, the average cost for a MHSA hospital stay was $5,500, compared to an average of $9,100 for all stays and $6,700 for all stays without a major operating room procedure.

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