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Table 3 Opinions about access to mental health services

From: Psychiatrists role in primary health care in Greece: findings from a quantitative study

  Ν (%)
Do you think that patients with mental health problems have adequate access to psychotherapy?
 Yes 8 (4.6)
 No 166 (95.4)
If not, why?
 Because the public national health insurance do not cover psychotherapy costs and patients cannot afford it 126 (75.9)
 Due to the lack of trained psychiatrists to psychotherapy techniques and models 20 (12.0)
 Because patients are not receptive to psychotherapy 4 (2.4)
 Other 16 (9.6)
Do you think that patients with mental health problems have adequate access to pharmaceutical treatment?
 Yes 124 (71.3)
 No 50 (28.7)
If not, why?
 Because many patients do not have health insurance coverage and cannot afford the out of pocket treatment cost 36 (72.0)
 Due to bureaucratic barriers in prescription execution 0 (0.0)
 Due to the lack of availability of psychiatric drugs in pharmacies 2 (4.0)
 Because patients are not receptive to take pharmaceutical treatment for mental health problems 10 (20.0)
 Other 2 (4.0)
The public national health insurance fund should cover
 The total cost of psychotherapy treatment for a certain period of time 42 (24.1)
 Part of the cost for psychotherapy treatment for a certain period of time 60 (34.5)
 The total cost of psychotherapy treatment for the time needed, without any restrictions 64 (36.8)
 The public national health insurance fund should not cover psychotherapy costs 0 (0.0)
 Do not know/do not answer 8 (4.6)