$$ Reduce Medical Benefits Utilization $$

$$ Declines of 88% in in-patient utilization of services after psychotherapy have been documented in one study comparing in-patient utilization one year before vis-a-vis 2 years after psychotherapy.

$$ Studies show that for a large group of medical patients psychotherapy decreased their number of visits to physicians by 47% while a matched control group's visits increased 28%.

$$ Three years after psychotherapy average medical costs for patients had dropped from pre-treatment levels of $493.00 per month to $137/mo.

$$ Medical/surgical utilization costs were reduced after psychotherapy on a monthly basis by 57% in another study.

$$ After psychotherapy, medical costs for patients were reduced 26-69%.

$$ After psychotherapy, the number of sick days for patients were reduced 38-47%.

$$ Another study documented a decrease of 30% in non-mental health physician's visits during the year following as compared to the year prior to treatment.

$$ A very sophisticated review of the effect of psychotherapy on medical benefits utilization concluded "the evidence is that providing psychotherapy and psychologically informed care can be cost-effective..."

$$ Psychological care can result in reduced use of hospitalization benefits.

$$ "...Good mental health retards mid-life deterioration in physical health".

$$ Alcohol Treatment and Medical Benefits Utilization $$

$$ "The costs for medical care (for members of alcoholic families) dropped over the course of the study (after treatment) from a staggering $74.57 per month to $12.18. Higher health care costs for alcohol dependent people decline dramatically after treatment."

$$ With alcoholics, 3.5 years after treatment their ambulatory care use of medical services was reduced by 30 to 20% In just 6 months, the reduction was l0%.

$$ After treatment, family members of alcoholics reduced their rate of ambulatory care to the average for non-alcoholic families, down from 2.8 times that of non-alcoholic families.

$$ "Spouses of alcoholics showed.a precipitous drop" in in-patient care utilization 6 months after their mates began treatment".

$$ The level of inpatient care plunged for families of alcoholics after treatment, remaining much lower than pre-treatment level for at least 3 years. (3 years after treatment, the average alcoholic family utilized in-patient care 1/3 more than members of non-alcoholic families as compared to 18 times more often in pre-treatment.)

$$ Reduce Worker's Compensation Liability $$

$$ The Harvard Business Review suggests that in order to reduce liability for workers, EAPs should be instituted to offer documented training to managers in observing stress and also because the more a company has done to provide help to an employee, the better they do in court regarding worker's compensation cases.

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