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Sentenced psych patients slapped with care bills

Published söndag 14 juli 2013 kl 11.59

Almost all counties in Sweden demand that people sentenced to psychiatric care pay for their treatment themselves, which in many cases leads to personal debt and to patients outstaying the length of their treatment because they cannot pay up, reports Swedish Television (SVT).

"They can't get housing and do not make it out. It's a catch-22," says Ingrid Carlengård, who is monitoring debt among people sentence to psychiatric care in Sala, central Sweden.

The largest regional clinic contacted by SVT, Karsudden hospital in Sörmland province, said 38 percent of its patients do not pay their bills, which amount to around 80 or 100 SEK per day. By comparison, tax payers cover the remaining cost of their care, around 6000 SEK per day.

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