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The Medical Offset Effect and Public Health Policy

Mental Health Industry in Transition

by John L. 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.

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June 1989

Praeger

Pages 216
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Politics, Law, and Government/General

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.

Table of Contents

ForewordIntroductionGrowth and Change in the Mental Health IndustryA Stylized Review of the Medical Offset LiteratureA Behavioral Model of the Medical Offset EffectAn Empirical Analysis of the Medical Offset EffectThe Medical Offset Effect: Policy Considerations and ImplicationsImplications of the Offset Effect and Beyond: Charting the Course of the Mental Health IndustryBibliographyIndex

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This book is for treatment providers, as well as analysts in insurance companies and government agencies.—SciTech Book News

This book offers an excellent critique of the available data as well as an agenda for future research....It is a daunting analysis and leads to an empirical analysis of the offset effect and an extended discussion of the mental health policy implications....This book is a contribution on many different levels to the field of services research and mental health policy development. Researchers, concerned clinicians, and public policymakers will find it unusually thought provoking and stimulating.—Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

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