Study: Substance-abuse treatment still costs patients more


The HCCI expressed concern about the differences, given that the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act was supposed to eliminate them for substance-abuse treatments.

According to the report, substance-abuse admissions rose by about 20 percent in 2011 among adults with employer-based healthcare coverage.

Mental-health admissions, meanwhile, grew by about 6 percent, while medical and surgical admissions declined by about 2 percent.

HCCI used data from insurance companies that cover about 40 percent of the market for its analysis.