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October 16, 1948

GOVERNMENT SERVICES

JAMA. 1948;138(7):517. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900070049013

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Abstract

PUBLIC HEALTH  SERVICE

COST OF LONG TERM MENTAL CARE  During 1947 the cost of providing long term hospital care in mental hospitals was approximately $400,000,000, according to estimates of the Mental Hygiene Division of the Public Health Service. Between 1945 and 1947, expenditures for maintenance in hospitals providing long term care for psychiatric patients increased by $146,000,000, or approximately 60 per cent of the estimated expenditures for 1945. In terms of the annual cost per patient, or per capita expenditure, the increase was about 50 per cent. from $480 in 1945 to $727 in 1947. This increase reflects in large part the increase in the general price level during the period but may also reflect to some degree improvement in the quality of mental hospital care during the postwar period.The estimates presented here are based on figures from a variety of sources. For state, psychopathic and Veterans Administration neuropsychiatric

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