Medical office - middle-aged male doctor greeting patient, shaking hands.

Image Source: Flickr

Ever since the dawn of time, man has been fighting disease in order to keep the body healthy and the mind sharp. The same is true today. But besides corporal illnesses, disorders of the mind are becoming more and more popular among the world’s population nowadays, and they affect people of all ages, genders, and nationalities.

According to an article published by, more than 1% of the population of the United States struggles with schizophrenia every day. It might not sound like a lot, but when you do the math, that amounts to around 3.4 million. If you stop and consider how many of them have access to the medical attention they need, the situation becomes worrisome.

Schizophrenia patients, unfortunately, require constant treatment and therapy to keep their condition under control. For this reason, something along the lines of socialist healthcare could work wonders and diminish the statistics drastically. In order to better understand how that can happen, here is everything that you need to know.

How Socialist Healthcare Works

Socialist healthcare has many names around the world. It is known as socialized medicine, universal healthcare and so on. The core concept behind it is that the members of a country’s population are granted equal access to medical services provided by a state agency. These are paid for from funds that come from taxation, philanthropy and other means.

Various countries have implemented it to some extent. The liberal socialist lands in the Scandinavian peninsula, such as Norway, Denmark or Sweden, are some of the best examples of healthcare systems at work. Other European countries, like France, Belgium or Germany also provide their population with medical aid based on socialist principles.

Australia and New Zealand are doing rather well for themselves as well. Canada is known for its prompt and efficient services, but on the other side of the North American continent, the United States has been famously struggling with the implementation of a better system for years now. And yet, the situation isn’t as bright as it seems in Canada either.

According to Forbes Magazine, the very same country which has received endless praise on how it handles universal healthcare for its citizens, especially when compared with its neighbor, is now failing the people it once rushed to help. The recent recession and the drastic budget cuts that followed left behind a similar situation in Great Britain.

Patients living in countries that once provided them with exquisite medical aid based on socialist principles are now paying out of pocket for some procedures. Some of them even prefer to travel to neighboring countries because the broken system in theirs has given birth to ridiculous wait times for specific interventions.

The conclusion that can be drawn at this point is that having the principles down is simply not enough. There are plenty of other factors that go into providing the population of a country with true socialist healthcare services where everyone I treated equally, and few places in this world actually get it right all the way through.

Those very same lands are the few whose average life expectancy is in the 80s range. Nevertheless, in an ideal society, socialized medicine would be available for all. And that won’t benefit just our bodily integrity, but our mental health as well. Although this topic is less explored in the media, it is equally important.

Impact on the Treatment of Schizophrenia

It’s no secret that the medical community has come a long way since the early days of psychology and psychiatry. Mental illness is now understood better than it ever was before, which is certainly great news for doctors and patients alike. And yet, there is still so much that is being handled improperly.

Sadly, the stigma surrounding poor mental health does not end with judgmental comments or stares. It is very much reflected in the broken financial system that allows certain people to have premium access to medical aid, while those who aren’t as well off are left behind to struggle on their own.

A 2006 study conducted in Canada on the topic of how socioeconomic status influences access to mental healthcare services has shown that the inhabitants of wealthy neighborhoods were 1.6 times more likely to look for help with their disorders than those residing in modest areas. These disparities add a financial dimension to the stigma.

But socialist healthcare for mental illness sufferers can truly put an end to this issue, and the solution isn’t limited to Canadian grounds only. For example, ineffective healthcare models coupled with the interests of big pharma have made treating disorders of the mind properly in the U.S. impossible.

Talk therapy is no longer covered by insurance, and psychiatrists have been forced to become drug peddlers so that pharmaceutic companies expand the market for their products. Furthermore, costs have risen due to the fact that healthcare is seen more as a business and less like a service that the people deserve to benefit from.

Needless to say, the North American continent isn’t the only one struggling with the notion. Europe is equally guilty of handling mental illness treatments poorly, as is South American and so on. But by having a public agency fund full access to anything patients require in order to get well, statistics could be kept under control.

This is equally true for schizophrenia as it is for any other type of mental illness. At the end of the day, granting the public full, unlimited and free access to the medical aid they require is the only way to keep the population healthy and sane. Nevertheless, we seem to be a long way from actually achieving this.

The Bottom Line

Although socialist healthcare is a concept implemented by many countries around the globe, few actually manage to integrate it correctly. And while the treatment of bodily disease might be better optimized, the overview is grim when it comes to those plaguing the human mind. The sad truth is that most schizophrenia patients hardly ever get appropriate medical attention.

Nevertheless, a truly universal medical system can indeed be a viable solution to this issue. By not turning mental health into a business and ensuring that everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status, gets the help they require, statistics regarding schizophrenia and other conditions can indeed become more optimistic.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 830 other subscribers.

Follow us on Twitter