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The Impact of a Behavioral Health Condition on High-Need Adults

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According to their new analysis of health spending data, The Commonwealth Fund’s Susan L. Hayes, Douglas McCarthy, and David Radley find that more than half of high-need patients in the U.S. have a diagnosed behavioral health condition such as depression or anxiety, alcohol- or substance-related disorders, or severe mental illness. These adults not only use more health care services but also have persistently higher health costs over time than other high-need patients. Read this To the Point post for the complete analysis and slide-show explainer.

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