The use of mental health services in the U.S. has greatly expanded since the onset of the Covid pandemic. A research letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Health Forum presented research into data from 1,554,895 mental health service claims. “The average spending rate was $3,547,424 vs $2,308,247 per 10,000 beneficiaries per month in the post-acute phase vs the pre-pandemic phase (a 53.7% increase),” the research said.

Telehealth visits increased by 1019.3% (about ten-fold). But in-person visits increased 2.2% each month, growing to 79.9% of pre-pandemic levels. Overall, mental health utilization was 38.8% higher than before the pandemic.

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