Growth chart with coins Comparedto people with diabetes, those with drug-use disorders paid $1,242more per year on average for out-of-network. (Image:Shutterstock)

People who need behavioral health treatment often need to go outof their insurance plan's network to receive care, and as such,they typically shell out more in out-of-pocket costs than thosewith other types of ailments, according to a study posted on JAMA Network Open.

The researchers, led by Wendy Yi Xu, an assistant professor ofhealth services management and policy at The Ohio State University,examined commercial insurance claims from 3.2 million adults withmental health conditions, more than 321,500 with drug use disordersand more than 294,500 with alcohol use disorders. They comparedthose with claims from people with one of two common chronic conditions—diabetes and congestiveheart failure.

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.