8 February 2021

Tackling loneliness will also cut healthcare costs

Maastricht researchers argue that urgent measures are needed to tackle loneliness in society. Aside from their mental welfare needs, people who suffer from severe or very severe loneliness incur 40 to 50 percent higher healthcare costs up to a year later compared to people who don’t feel lonely. The difference is greatest among young people aged between 19 and 40. These are the findings of a study by Maastricht University (UM) among nearly 350,000 people in the Netherlands. Extrapolated to the entire Dutch population, the extra healthcare costs total around two billion euros a year. The results of the study were recently published in the International Journal of Public Health.