The medical costs of ADHD
Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) starts in childhood, but persists into adulthood in approximately half of the cases. Not only is this condition impairing for the individual, it is also costly. To gain more insights in these costs, researchers calculated the medical costs of ADHD from anonymised German health insurance data of 3.7 million people. The total surplus medical costs of a person with ADHD were on average 1508 euro. Mosts costs are made in inpatient and outpatient care, with medication costs in third place. ADHD in adults is underdiagnosed in the insurance data compared to world-wide estimates, and hence potentially undertreated. Preventing the development of comorbidites with age should be the focus of mental healthcare, i.e. through continued treatment of adolescents into adulthood.
Symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and/or impulsivity
Onset before age 12
Impairing in multiple settings (i.e. at school and at home)