Mental Healthcare Costs for All Americans (1996-2006)
Data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ’s) Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) show that between 1996 and 2006 a growing number of Americans paying for mental health services and that the costs of that care steadily increased. Over this 10 year period, the number of Americans paying for mental health services increased 87.6 percent and total expenditures on mental health services increased 63.4 percent. The average cost per person for mental health services slightly decreased during this period. The year over year estimates do not take inflation into account.