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South African Medical Journal

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Mental health under-budgeting undermining SA’s economy

C Bateman

Abstract


Grossly inadequate and unco-ordinated government spending on treatment of mental illness – which affects one in six South Africans – is costing South Africa (SA) 2.2% of its annual GDP. It is also failing to reduce the 230 attempted suicides recorded daily, while 48% of people living with HIV/AIDS continue to suffer from a mental health condition (South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) Mental Health Fact Sheet).




http://dx.doi.org/10.7196/SAMJ.9166
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