Seven facts about America’s mental health-care system

1. The United States spends $113 billion on mental health treatment. That works out to about 5.6 percent of the national health-care spending. . .

2. Mental health dollars mostly go toward prescription drugs and outpatient treatment.

3. Access to mental health care is worse than other types of medical services.

4. Mental health care is pricey, with 45 percent of the untreated citing cost as a barrier.

5. Attitudes about mental health services are another big barrier to care.

6. States cut $1.8 billion from their mental health budgets during the recession.

7. Recent federal legislation requires more expansive insurance coverage for mental health services.

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Seven facts about America’s mental health-care system.

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