Most families cannot afford private health care for relatives with mental problems even though that appears the only way to get urgent help, a relative of Chan Chi-kwan said yesterday. Speaking outside court, Chan's uncle said the schizophrenic man's family had wanted to seek private help to speed up the process but could not afford it. 'I heard from [Chan's] father before the incident that he [Chan] was suffering mental problems. 'His father said he wanted to take him to a psychiatric specialist but I told him it would be too expensive,' the uncle said. 'I told his father you are better off going to the Government and trying to urge them to see him as soon as possible.' The uncle said 90 per cent of people could not afford private help. 'I don't think you can blame the medical system for it, but the situation isn't good enough. 'There are systems in place for patients in other countries, where they can be seen in a very short time. 'Here you wait a long time, maybe because in Hong Kong there are so many people that need help compared to those in other countries.'