The Price of Mental Health ;
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price of mental really as many
whole. If we look at the of the cost of psychiatric illness borne by different services, that of hospital treatment fell from 84% to 82% in these years, while the share of local authorities rose correspondingly from 5% to 7%. The proportions carried by the general medical and the pharmaceutical services stayed constant at 4% and 7% respectively. It is hardly a matter of pride that catering in psychiatric hospitals still costs average under ?2 per patient per week ?this is a price that needs to be put up, if the money can be wisely spent. The Cost of Mental Care also tells us that between 1949 and 1960 the number of admissions to psychiatric hospitals each year more than doubled, from 55,000 to 114,000, while dis-
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