Investment in mental health disproportionate to its impact

in News · 10-10-2020 12:00:00 · 0 Comments

The director of the National Programme for Mental Health, Miguel Xavier, says that "there is a huge disproportion" between the impact that mental health problems causes and the investment made in this area.

For the psychiatrist, "there is a huge disproportion between the impact that mental health problems have and what is invested in primary health care and specialized services".

According to Lusa News Agency, direct and indirect costs of various areas of health and dementia have in societies and what happens is that "mental illness always appears first or second" with a overall charge of 10 percent to 15 percent.

This amount should represent the financing of the National Health Service in this area. However, the estimates point to a financing between 4 percent and 5 percent, "which isn’t enough", he said.


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