Claim lines for mental health diagnoses up 108% since 2007, report suggests

From 2007-17, claim lines for mental health diagnoses grew 108 percent to represent 2.7 percent of all medical claim lines, according to nonprofit claims database Fair Health.

For its report, Fair Health examined claims from 2007-17 in its database of more than 28 billion private healthcare claim records. Fair Health found that while major depressive disorder was the most common diagnosis among claim lines with mental health diagnoses, its share fell.

Comparatively, generalized anxiety disorder "became much more common," growing from 12 percent to 22 percent of the distribution of mental health claim lines over the study period. At the same time, major depressive disorder's distribution fell from 28 percent to 26 percent from 2007-17.

Claim lines also increased for several eating disorders. Anorexia saw an increase of 156 percent during the study period. In addition, opioid dependence overtook alcohol dependence to reflect the largest share of claim lines with substance use disorder diagnoses.

People from the ages of 0 to 22 were disproportionately represented in the increase in claim lines with mental health diagnoses, according to Fair Health.

For the full report, click here.

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