November 08, 2005

Economic Burdens of Schizophrenia on the Country

A new study recently came out on the "The Economic Burden of Schizophrenia in the United States in 2002"

The study was focused on quantifing the excess annual costs associated with schizophrenia patients in the United States in 2002 from a societal perspective.

The study concluded that:

The overall U.S. 2002 cost of schizophrenia was estimated to be $62.7 billion, with $22.7 billion excess direct health care cost ($7.0 billion outpatient, $5.0 billion drugs, $2.8 billion inpatient, $8.0 billion long-term care).

The total direct non-health care excess costs, including living cost offsets, were estimated to be $7.6 billion. The total indirect excess costs were estimated to be $32.4 billion.

Schizophrenia is a debilitating illness resulting in significant costs. The indirect excess cost due to unemployment (of the people who have schizophrenia) is the largest component of overall schizophrenia excess annual costs. It is generally estimated that today only approximately 10% to 15% of people who have schizophrenia are able to also maintain full-time employment of any type.

Study Details: The Economic Burden of Schizophrenia in the United States in 2002, J Clin Psychiatry. 2005 Sep;66(9):1122-1129


Schizophrenia should be bvrought out of the darkness and be recognized more. People should know what the suffering people are going through

Posted by: Kellsey Roberts at November 8, 2005 07:13 PM

WOW that is crazy i didnt know that that many people would have schizophrenia WOW oh by the way,i am doing a project on considerations but i can not find any ethical considerations would you happen to know anything

Posted by: biana at November 17, 2005 03:45 PM

It bothers me that you would call this a burden to the United States. The United States put out so much money to other countries and things where this money could go towards taking care of their own. There are no people on the moon but we spend billions going to discover whatever. Yet the people here are a burden! What is that? We waste money that's why China has become richer than the United States.

Posted by: Karen at March 1, 2006 08:33 AM

Yes? I may be able to work a maximum of 40 hours some day but not the two or three jobs that I would have to work in order to pay for medication and housing which is about the same monthy cost. It is hard for the mentally ill to get good paying jobs even with education because of a poor work history and no experience. If I complete the one year that I need for my bachelor degree in computer science can I really get a job ? would you hire me to ease the burden of society. give me a break? even with my 3.5 GPA who really cares? $7.00 an hour does not pay my bills.

Posted by: Larry A. Davis at April 26, 2006 04:55 PM

The same people that want us to work to ease the burden of society would also not give us a good job.
They want us to be the working poorest since we have to pay for $300.00 monthly medication bills and doctors fees that other poor people do not even have to pay for.

Posted by: Larry A. Davis at April 26, 2006 05:14 PM

Most of the people that want us to work to ease the burden of society would not give us a good job if any job at all.

Posted by: Larry A. Davis at April 26, 2006 05:16 PM

Is there any research on the types of cancers (e.g. Colorectal cancer)among the seriously mentally ill?

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