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Reforms to close gaps in mental health care

By Shan Juan | China Daily | Updated: 2011-03-09 07:57

Reforms to close gaps in mental health care

BEIJING - About half of urban psychiatric patients on the Chinese mainland who need hospitalization cannot afford it, said a veteran mental health expert.

Citing national research, Zhang Mingyuan, vice-chairman of the China Disabled Persons' Federation, also said a quarter of the patients find medication too expensive.

Zhang, also a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, urged the government to boost investment and efforts to give those in need full access to mental health treatment.

Reforms to close gaps in mental health care

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