Health‐care inflation: A missed opportunity

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Since the 1960s, the social sciences have shown a lot of interest in the role of psychosocial factors (e.g., stress) in health. Also during that time, the United States has been seriously concerned about the spiraling of health care costs. If there is a point to make about the contribution of psychosocial factors to health and illness, there should be a point to make about their contribution to health care utilization and costs. However, social scientists failed to respond to the health care cost issue by extending their efforts to the study of psychosocial determinants of utilization and costs and hence did not produce data useful for the making of health and mental health policies. This article reviews the current literature on mental health needs and medical utilization and makes recommendations for future research. Copyright © 1990 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-217
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1990


Cheng, S.-T. (1990). Health‐care inflation: A missed opportunity. Journal of Community Psychology, 18(3), 210-217. doi: 10.1002/1520-6629(199007)18:3<210::AID-JCOP2290180304>3.0.CO;2-O


  • Medical care
  • Inflation (finance)
  • Mental health policy
  • Social sciences
  • Medical care costs
  • Social psychology


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