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Letter: Estimating the economic cost of substance abuse treatment

  • Michael T. French

    (Department of Economics and Health Services Research Center, University of Miami, USA)

  • Kerry Anne McGeary

    (Department of Economics and Health Services Research Center, University of Miami, USA)

Few studies have estimated the economic costs and benefits of substance abuse treatment services. This paper introduces a data collection instrument and method for estimating the economic cost of substance abuse treatment programs. The Drug Abuse Treatment Cost Analysis Program (DATCAP) is based on standard economic principles and the method has recently been tested in two drug abuse intervention studies. Findings from case studies at three treatment programmes are presented to demonstrate the feasibility and reliability of the instrument. The estimation methods and results can be used by treatment programmes for self-evaluation purposes and by researchers who are interested in performing cost-effectiveness or benefit-cost analyses of substance abuse services. © 1997 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Health Economics.

Volume (Year): 6 (1997)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 539-544

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Handle: RePEc:wly:hlthec:v:6:y:1997:i:5:p:539-544
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