Skip to comments.Quota for mental patients is by no means mandatory (China)
Posted on 10/10/2013 9:24:36 PM PDT by TexGrill
Health bureau says registration is to improve detection and management
Zhengzhou health centers do have a quota to fill for registering people with severe mental health problems, but it is not compulsory, authorities said on Thursday.
Communities are required to register 0.2 percent of the population as mentally ill and add them to a national monitoring network, as stipulated by the city health bureau last year.
But doctors throughout the Henan provincial capital complained this week of being unable to meet the quota.
"We have 35,398 residents, which means, according to the quota, we should have found at least 71 with severe mental health problems. So far, we've got 12," said Huang Linlin, a doctor at Linke Community Health Center.
His team communicates with nearby hospitals to register discharged mental health patients if family members agree.
However, he said many people are not willing to voluntarily disclose their health information or that of a relative, and also suggested it is possible that his area does not have that many mentally ill people.
"Maybe the quota was designed based on the situation in cities such as Beijing and Shenzhen, where more people may have problems due to great pressure," he said.
"I know many centers (in Zhengzhou) are having the same problem as us."
Song Yuzhong, director of another center in the Linke community, agreed and added, "Many people here are migrants who tend to move frequently. It's hard to find mental health patients among them."
A notice issued by the city health bureau last year said failure to meet the quota could lead to administrative penalties.
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