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Discussion about article Mental health systems in countries: where we are now? (2007)

January 10, 2013

Interesting article is Mental Health Systems in Countries: Where are we now? (2007), which compares mental health systems at a very general level in different countries. Raw data from the article is available here: Mental health systems – countrywise data (2007).

Countries with very low mental health budgets are:

  • bangladesh (3.4%)
  • bhutan (3.1%)
  • bolivia (6.7%)
  • cameroon (4.2%)
  • colombia (7.6%)
  • cote d’Ivoire (3.6%)
  • dominican republic (7%)
  • gabon (4.4%)
  • ghana (4.5%)
  • guatemala (5.4%)
  • kenya (4.3%)
  • madagascar (2.7%)
  • mali (4.8%)
  • marshall islands (13.1%)
  • mauritius (3.7%)
  • nepal (5.3%)
  • norway (10.3%) [incorrect?]
  • pakistan (2.4%)
  • papua new guinea (3.4%)
  • paraguay (7.3%)
  • phillippines (3.2%)
  • swaziland (5.8%)
  • togo (5.6%)
  • tonga (6.5%)
  • uganda (7.3%)

And the values in parenthesis are total healthcare budgets. So if you wish not to be treated by the psychiatry, moving into one of these countries can make sense, but some of these countries have low mental health budgets because the treatments are very short.

The highest spenders are:

  • australia (9.5%)
  • bahamas (6.4%)
  • barbados (6.9%)
  • costa rica (7.3%)
  • egypt (5.8%)
  • france (10.1%)
  • grenada (6.7%)
  • hungary (8.4%)
  • LUXEMBURG (6.8%)
  • NEW ZEALAND (8.1%)
  • senegal (5.1%)
  • SWEDEN (9.4%)
  • uk (8%)
  • uruguay (9.8%)

And values in parenthesis are again the sizes of the total healthcare budgets. So moving in these countries can make sense if one wants to be treated by psychiatry.

Largest general healthcare budgets are in the following countries:

  • cambodia (10,9%)
  • france (10,1%)
  • germany (11,1%)
  • iceland (10,5%)
  • kiribati (13,1%)
  • lebanon (10,2%)
  • marshall islands (13,1%)
  • nauru (12,3%)
  • norway (10,3%)
  • switzerland (11,5%)
  • USA (15,20%)

But some of the reasons for high healtcare costs can be in the way statistics are calculated or inefficient and costly healthcare system (USA).

An interesting statistic could be ratio of psychiatrists/psychologists in public healthcare as it is said that Argentina has(?) large number of psychologists (no side-effects) and therefore maybe less psychiatrists (drugs which side-effects can kill).

Addition: avoid cities as in large cities there are more mental health patients than in countryside where things are often much more relaxed and the number of mental health patients is much lower.

Germany, switzerland and italy has the most efficient healthcare systems for all their citizens. (In USA, for example, only rich get costly from costly doctors/healthcare (and poorer majority die sooner leading to bad average) and in France also not that effective treatments are also used (to keep people alive or in order to keep people treated for mild problems).

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