Journal Article

Health Care Expenditure on Schizophrenia Patients in Belgium

Marc De Hert, Erik Thys, Joel Boydens, Pierre Gilis, Katrien Kesteloot, Lydwine Verhaegen and Jozef Peuskens

in Schizophrenia Bulletin

Published on behalf of Maryland Psychiatric Research Center

Volume 24, issue 4, pages 519-527
Published in print January 1998 | ISSN: 0586-7614
Published online January 1998 | e-ISSN: 1745-1701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.schbul.a033346
Health Care Expenditure on Schizophrenia Patients in Belgium

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Schizophrenia generates a great deal of cost and burden. The aim of this study was to assess the direct costs for schizophrenia patients receiving standard treatment in different settings in Belgium. Costs were calculated for patients and for the Belgian insurance system. Data from Belgium's largest sickness fund were used to estimate health expenditures for all schizophrenia patients in Belgium. The mean direct treatment cost was $12,050 per patient per year, or $304 million for all schizophrenia patients per year. This cost constitutes 1.9 percent of the Belgian Government's total health expenditure. Government expenditure per schizophrenia patient is 10 times that of an average citizen.

Keywords: Epidemiology; costs; economic evaluation

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Subjects: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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