Potential Financial Savings By Using Targeted Nutritional Treatment Of Mental Health

Dr Richard Stuckey

One Schizophrenia patient who was in a floridly psychotic phase at the time of consultation. For 3 years prior to his appointment he had spent an average of 30 days per year in hospital.

Over the next decade he has lived independently. He exercises, shops, catches public transport, is in regular contact with his psychiatrist, takes both pharmaceutical and nutritional medicine, is not employed and has not been in hospital.

If his prior hospital admission rate had persisted he would have had 300 hospital days over 10 years and al-lowing $1500 a day this would have amounted to $450,000. A considerable saving to Medicare for only one patient.

In 2010 I published a 12 month follow up on 567 consec-utive patients who consulted me . Of the 157 patients with a diagnosis of depression, Bipolar, Addictive Disorder and Schizophrenia they had accumulated approx 300 hospital admission days.

157 treated patients , 300 hospital days - 2 hospital days per patient.

We were able to contact 26 patients who did not start this program - between them they had accumulated 650 hospital days in one year.

26 untreated patients, 650 hospital days, 25 hospital days per patient.

If the treated group had not attended and had the same hospital rate as the non treated group there would have been 3635 extra hospital days and allowing $1500 per day there was an estimated saving to Medicare of $5,435,500 by 1 doctor in 1 year.

These comments were made at the 2013 Anniversary Dinner.

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