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Study: cost more of a barrier than stigma for depression patients

by Madeleine Baran

Oct. 22, 2004 – A new international study found that most people suffering from depression refuse treatment not because of social stigma, but simply because it costs too much.

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The study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, found that about 38 percent of American respondents cited out-of-pocket expenses as the main reason for declining treatment.

"A lot of people think of stigma as being a big barrier" to depression treatment, Dr. Gregory E. Simon, a researcher with Puget Sound's Group Health Cooperative in Seattle told Reuters. However, he said, the cost of being treated for depression "may be a much more important issue than stigma."

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