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The cost of healthcare for children with mental health difficulties

Lucas, Nina; Bayer, Jordana K.; Gold, Lisa; Mensah, Fiona K.; Canterford, Louise; Wake, Melissa; Westrupp, Elizabeth M.; Nicholson, Jan M.


OBJECTIVE: Childhood mental health difficulties affect 1 in every 7 children in Australia, posing a potential financial burden to society. This paper reports the early lifetime individual and population non-hospital healthcare costs to the Australian federal government for children experiencing mental health difficulties. It also reports on the use and cost of particular categories of service use, including the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) mental health items introduced in 2006. METHOD:...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013-05-29
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry 47.9 (2013): 849-58
DOI: 10.1177/0004867413491152


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