Indexed on: 25 Jan '17Published on: 25 Jan '17Published in: Social work in health care
This article analyzes spending on mental health by the Brazilian Ministry of Health between 2001 and 2014. It is documental research of the Brazilian Ministry of Health's databases. It analyzes the data using descriptive statistical analysis. Total spending on mental health for the period 2001 to 2014 shows a percentage increase in resources destined for outpatient care, but this increase is a reallocation from hospital services to community-based services and total resources for the mental health program remain at an average of 2.54% of the total health budget. Within outpatient expenditure, spending on medications remains high. Professionals committed to psychiatric reform fight to guarantee that a small fraction of the surplus appropriated by the state is directed towards social policies.