What nations have good mental health care?

I have been noticing a lot of articles lately on CNN who’s general theme derides the mental healthcare system in the US (deservedly so, IMHO). As a counterpoint, which nations are recognized as having excellent mental healthcare systems? Bonus question: how much does it cost per patient and per capita?


In Canada, mental health treatments under the care of a medical practitioner are covered by Medicare. Difficult to break out the cost, because it’s part of the general health care system, which is funded out of taxes.

Which is not to say it’s perfect. Like all health care matters, there are some who argue mental health care is underfunded. However, the starting point is that if you need mental health treatment, you can go to your GP and get a referral to a mental health specialist.

The voice in my head says Syria.

It depend what you mean by “good”. As with other types of healthcare, just about every developed nation (and some not-so-developed ones) has a better (more efficient, accessible and equitable) system for providing mental health care than the USA does. On the other hand, as actual medical understanding of mental illness remains very limited, there is nowhere that can actually do anything like as much as most of us would like toward actually ameliorating most forms of mental illness. As far as effective treatment goes,* if you are actually getting it*, the USA probably does as well or better than anywhere else.

Is the main complaint then a matter of access?