Too little too late is expensive

Families know already the emotional toll of a chronically-ill patient who was treated too late or without sufficient resources.

And families living in parts of the world without a financial safety net know the financial costs of ongoing medical care, therapy, lost employment, and lost educational opportunities.

But here's another way to quantify a small part of the economic scope of inadequate treatment: £7m bill as anorexia destroys job hopes


  1. Wow. Nothing like a good slap in the face to get the motivation to recover going!

  2. As the mother of one of these claimants I think that the main reason why the benefits bill has gone up for these conditions is actually a positive one - that they are being seen as genuine health needs and being acknowledged as such. In the "good old days" those sufferers who weren't incarcerated in mental hospitals for the rest of their lives were largely dependent on their families or, conveniently for the state if not for them, they died and decreased the surplus population. Susan Ringwood is of course right in her mission to use any ammunition she can get hold of to argue for better, quicker treatment to be available for all and if this happens it WILL decrease the costs both to individuals and society of the illnesses, but in the meantime I'm GLAD that our state system goes SOME way to helping those having to live with debilitating conditions actually live rather than exist.


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