Switzerland charges the highest in the world for therapy, at an average of $206 (R3,049) an hour, followed by the UAE at $163 (R2,413) and Norway at $143 (R2,116).
Kenkou took into account the impact of the pandemic and war in Ukraine on mental health services, and conducted the study using data to better understand the countries best equipped to deal with the mental healthcare crisis.
“At kenkou, we’ve witnessed the devastating effects of the pandemic on the global mental healthcare sector. Though we are looking to find innovative solutions to the current strain on healthcare services, it is important to draw attention to this vital sector and the necessity for affordable, good quality mental healthcare for everyone,” said Matthias Puls, CEO and MD of kenkou.
“Of course, it must be noted that direct comparison between different countries in the study is not always useful given the difference in purchasing power between the Global North and South, for instance. Nevertheless, we undertook this study to better understand the healthcare market and felt that, during this unprecedented period of disruption to mental healthcare, the findings would be of great value to all.”
The study analysed mental healthcare data from 120 countries around the world. The accuracy and reliability of data was closely examined and then 50 countries were shortlisted for the study. These countries were assessed based on the cost of care, cost of medicines and prevalence of mental health conditions, as well as access to and quality of care.