Debt and mental health: GPs should scrap fees for mental health forms

22 November 2016

 

Practices that charge for completing forms to support patients with debt and mental health difficulties need to rethink their stance, says Kent GP Dr Catherine Norwood.

Increasingly in general practice we are seeing patients with mental illness triggered or exacerbated by socio-economic difficulties. We also know that poverty can make the recovery from mental ill health harder. One area where there is increasing evidence of this relationship is in patients who are in debt.

 

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