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    Hungary: Out on the Streets | European Journal

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    A year ago, Hungary almost went bankrupt. Since then, the country has been following a strict austerity plan. Institutions for the mentally ill have been closed, and now many are homeless.Hungary's biggest psychiatric hospital has been sacrificed to the savings plans. It was first opened in the mid-19th century as a madhouse. The hospital had been out-of-step with modern psychiatric thinking for a long time before it finally got the chop. The plan was to replace it with smaller, state-of-the-art clinics, but now there's not enough money to build them. So far, none of them have been built, and no one's doing anything to help the former patients.