A new study of productivity in US healthcare from 1999-2012, which looked at both the cost and effectiveness of care, found that there was significant improvement in some areas, especially heart disease treatment. But,
There has been very little progress over that same period in treating mental illness, arthritis, and musculoskeletal conditions. . . .
Despite a vast increase in the number of people treated with drugs for mental illness, the population’s mental health showed essentially no change over time.