The majority of people with ADHD never get treated. ADHD is costly in both health and economic aspects. For example, a study revealed that 1 million Canadians are affected by ADHD, costing 6-11 billion dollars in lost work productivity. The study also showed that about 90% of people with ADHD never get treated.
The cost of ignoring ADHD is high, and so can the cost of seeking medical help. In addition, if a child with ADHD doesn’t get the appropriate treatment, ADHD may jeopardize their chance at work productivity when they grow up.
For example, they may have trouble finishing work-related tasks or have problems with substances.
The annual cost of getting medical help for ADHD ranges between $1500 and $2700, depending on the medication and age of the patient. One of the best ways to increase treatment rates is to reduce the cost of getting medical help for ADHD. However, sometimes the prohibitive cost causes many people not to seek treatment. Healthcare systems can also add ADHD doctors to make treatment more accessible.