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The economics of mental health services
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Mental health services include a broad range of services, from home and community-based facilities such as day hospitals and out-patient facilities to acute care units and residential care services. This chapter presents a broad overview of key economic issues facing the provision of such services in Ireland. The key issues include: the nature and extent of mental illnesses in Ireland; the resources spent on care provided to people with mental illnesses; and the economic cost of mental illness in Ireland. The chapter reviews some examples of economic evaluation of mental health interventions in Ireland and a contingent valuation study that estimates the willingness to pay for a mental health programme. An example of an economic evaluation in the mental health area concerned the Suicide Crisis Awareness Nurse (SCAN) service that was introduced in two catchment areas, Cluain Mhuire in Dublin and Wexford.

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