Poverty and social exclusion continue to be serious challenges across the European union and for health systems in member states. People with mental disorders are at high risk of poverty, stigmatisation and social exclusion. They are also more likely to face physical health problems and to die prematurely. there is evidence that they do not receive the general health care that best responds to their needs. Improved access to general health care is therefore essential to minimising disadvantage for people with mental disorders. This policy brief outlines hurdles of access to health care for people with mental disorders and discusses policy implications.