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Depression Treatment Rates Rose With Expanded Insurance Coverage

Key clinical point: Treatment and spending for depression both saw modest increases from 1998 to 2015.

Major finding: Rates of outpatient treatment for depression increased from 2.36 (95% confidence interval, 2.12-2.61) per 100 in 1998 to 3.47 (95% CI, 3.16-3.79) per 100 in 2015.

Study details: An analysis of 86,216 individuals from the 1998, 2007, and 2015 Medical Expenditure Panel Surveys.

Disclosures: The study was supported in part by the Commonwealth Fund. The lead author also reported receiving grants from the Commonwealth Fund. No other conflicts of interest were reported.


Hockenberry JM, et al. JAMA Psychiatry. 2019 Apr 24. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.0633.