The Costs of Eating Disorders: Social, Health and Economic Impacts

Beat, 24 February 2015

This economic analysis commissioned by Beat, the eating disorders charity, examines the overall costs of eating disorders to the UK economy, indicates how inconsistent access to treatment can be for individuals, and that the cost to the economy is in the tens of billions of pounds. 

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Overcoming obesity: an initial economic analysis

King’s Fund Health Management and Policy Alert, 1 December 2014

McKinsey & Company – 
This discussion paper brings together a range of case studies and examples of obesity interventions from around the world and presents them with an initial assessment of their cost-effectiveness.

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Shocking failure to fully address mental health problems in pregnancy and following childbirth costs over £8 billion, report finds

Centre for Mental Health, 20 October 2014

Perinatal mental health problems carry a total economic and social long-term cost to society of about £8.1 billion for each one-year cohort of births in the UK, according to a new report, The costs of perinatal mental health problems, released today by the London School of Economics and Centre for Mental Health.  However the report also finds that the NHS would need to spend just £337 million a year to bring perinatal mental health care up to the level recommended in national guidance.

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Transforming care at the end-of-life: dying well matters

King’s Fund Blog, 6 October 2014

A report by Deloitte finds that at least £4.5 billion is spent each year in England caring for those at the end of their lives. Analysis of national reviews and audits over the past 18 months highlights shortcomings and concerns about the large degree of variation in services across the country.

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