May 17, 2024
Inequities and SDOH | Tea Leaves
  • The staggering cost of mental health inequity in the United States threatens to rise to a cumulative $14 trillion by 2040 if left unaddressed, according to a new analysis by Deloitte and the School of Global Health at Meharry Medical College. The U.S. currently spends about $477.5 billion annually in avoidable and unnecessary expenses related to mental health inequities, according to the report. That could rise to $1.26 trillion a year by 2040, including a projected $17.5 billion in annual emergency department utilization related to mental health inequities, the report says. The report points to a strong link between mental health and chronic conditions, creating a need for an equity-centered approach from government, health care, and business sectors. (Article here)