Ads from Google:


Google ad
End of ad
Google Adsense ad
End of ads.

Cost Efficiency of Online Medical Help

Abstract: Crocodilu has about 400 000 visitors viewing about one million pages per month, at a cost of about half an Euro/visitor (including all costs of developing and running the web site).

Crocodilu logo
psychologist Independent medical expert answers on psychiatry and psychology

Cost Efficiency of Online Medical Help

Go the top of the page Top Forum iconDiscuss this Forum iconGet expert advice Printer Print
Question(s): 
Written by: Martin Winkler and Jacob Palme
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 22 Aug 2008.

What are the costs of Web4health?
What is the benefit for European society?
What is the cost efficiency of online medical help?

Answer:

According to a recent survey of the WHO the influence of mental health disorders in Europe is still underestimated :

"People with mental health problems have to cope with stigma, exclusion, taboo, and refusal by their society to recognize the real cost of mental disorders and mental health. This is reflected in an inappropriate allocation of financial and human resources. A total of 28% of Member States of the European Region have no specified mental health budget.

Despite the enormous diversity in lifestyles, economic status and service provision, the European Region is seeing a relentless increase in illness and mortality related to stress, helplessness, loss of identity and social cohesion. This is particularly evident in communities experiencing dramatic societal changes and in populations at risk. During any one year, an estimated 33.4 million people in the Region suffer from major depression. Research shows that 47% of people requiring care do not get it - they remain untreated."
(World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe)

The total cost of developing and running Crocodilu, including both the EU funding and the funding by partners, was until January 2006 June 2005 about 2 million Euro. The site has until this date had about five million visitors, so the cost/visitor is about 40 cent.

According to several questionnaires, most visitors of Crocodilu finds the site useful and many of them very useful.

The main goal of Web4health is to provide psychoeducation to many European people with psychological problems. This may help to motivate citizens to seek professional advice by psychiatrists or psychologists. But we also know that the information about psychosomatic disorders or psychological causes may reduce unnecessary repeated doctor visits.

In January 2006 Crocodilu had more than 400 000 visitors viewing more than a million pages. 400 000 patients at an average cost of 60 euro/patient would be a cost of 24 million Euro/month for helping these patients. Even if only 5% of all Crocodilu visits replace a visitor to a doctor or psychotherapist, the savings will be 4-6 million Euro a year.

  • 5 %: A saving of 1 200 000 Euro/month
  • 10 %: A saving of 2 400 000 Euro/month
  • 25 %: A saving of 6 000 000 Euro/month

The total cost, mostly in loss of productive work, for mental health in the EU is around 70 000 000 000 million Euro/year.

Within Crocodilu, there is a function where visitors can send their question to a human specialist for answering. (More info) Crocodilu receives about 500-1000 questions per months, some of which are answered by medical specialists. Only about 0.3 % of all visitors use this function for individual answers. The cost of answering such a question is about the same as a visit to a doctor or psychotherapist. But since 99.7 % of the visitors are satisfied without asking such a question, the average cost per visitor is much less than that of giving a personal answer to a question.

Intelligent natural language question-answering in the area of psychology and psychiatry. Ask a simple question:
Local help Info
Google ad
End of ad
Disclaimer: The documents contained in this web site are presented for information purposes only. The material is in no way intended to replace professional medical care or attention by a qualified psychiatrist or psychotherapist. It can not and should not be used as a basis for diagnosis or choice of treatment. If you find anything wrong, please notify us at .
Go to top of page To top of page
Crocodilu in other languages: Finnish German Greek Italian Polish Russian Swedish

project-w4h-benefit Copyright 2003-2017 Crocodilu
Copyright 2003-2017 Crocodilu.
Crocodilu was selected as finalist for the 2008 Stockholm Challenge Award
Translate Crocodilu
We seek voluntary translators who are interested in translating Crocodilu to new languages. We can provide the servers, and pay you 50 % of the income from ads on pages, which you have translated. We are especially interested in translators from German To English, From German, Swedish or English to French, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Finnish, Polish, Farsi, Russian.
crocodilu.info/en/tr/

Advertise here
Reach 300 000 visitors reading one million pages for a cost of 600 US $/month.
/en/ad/

there adulttorrent.org

adulttorrent.org

www.profshina.kiev.ua