Govt increases services for mental disorders
Beijing: Community rehabilitation services for patients with mental disorders will cover 80 per cent of China’s county-level regions by 2025, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs on Monday.
The Ministry of Civil Affairs, together with the Ministry of Finance, the National Health and Family Planning Commission and the China Disabled Persons’ Federation issued the guideline on the development of community rehabilitation services.
About 60 per cent of patients at home are expected to receive rehabilitation services in communities by 2025, according to the guideline. Between 2012 and 2016, the number of registered patients with severe mental illnesses nationwide increased from 3.08 million to 5.4 million, according to a public health white paper issued in September.