Friday, December 3, 2010

Treating Eating Disorders and Paying for It

Notoriously hard to treat, eating disorders may persist for years, wreaking havoc not just on the patient’s health and personal relationships but often on family finances, as well.

Hospitalizations for problems caused by eating disorders grew 18 percent from 1999 to 2006, with the steepest increase among children under age 12 (up 119 percent), followed by adults ages 45 to 64 (up 48 percent) and men of all ages (up 37 percent), according to the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Care for these patients can be costly. Many must be seen on a weekly basis by a team of specialists, including a psychiatrist, a physician and a nutritionist. A residential program costs $30,000 a month on average. And many patients need three or more months of treatment, often at a facility far from home. Even after leaving a specialized program, patients may need years of follow-up care.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Content

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...