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Economic burden of mental health diseases

Department of Health Economics (DHE)

Economic burden of mental disorders in Austria

Date: 2015-2016
Funding: Hauptverband der österreichischen Sozialversicherungsträger
Collaborator(s): Klinische Abteilung für Sozialpsychiatrie, Universitätsklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Medizinische Universität Wien
Information: Judit Simon (co-PI), Agata Łaszewska

Mental health conditions cause high direct and indirect costs and significantly impact the quality of life and well-being of affected people. Information on the prevalence of mental disorders, use of services, their costs and relevant outcomes is necessary for the effective planning of the health and social care provision of health care. The aim of this project was to examine the broad societal impact of mental disorders in Austria. The DHE led the health economic component of the project focused on measuring and valuing costs of the health and social care resource use; indirect costs of mental disorders associated with lost productivity, informal care, invalidity pensions and contacts with criminal justice system; and the quality of life of the patients suffering from mental disorders.