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  • Treatment for alcohol and drug disorders can lead to reductions in the utilization and cost of medical care (Walter et al., 2005).

    Substance abuse treatment for Medicaid patients reduced total medical costs 30% in a comprehensive health maintenance organization (from $5,402 per treated member in the year prior to treatment to $3,627 in the following year) (Walter et al., 2005). The reductions, moreover, were in all major areas of health care utilization (hospital stays, emergency visits, and clinic visits) and did not reflect shifts in costs from one area to another (Walter et al., 2005). Washington State integrated addiction treatment databases with Medicaid data and found $2,500 reductions in annual costs of medical care among General Assistance clients who received substance abuse treatment when compared to those who needed addiction treatment but did not receive treatment (Wickizer et al., 2006).



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