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Mental health policy: Options for South Africa

Y. G. Pillay
Curationis | Vol 16, No 4 | a1416 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v16i4.1416 | © 1993 Y. G. Pillay | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 March 1993 | Published: 31 March 1993

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Y. G. Pillay,, South Africa

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Abstract

This paper emphasizes the need for mental health professionals to become involved in developing mental health policies in South Africa. In particular, it examines three options that are currently the focus of attention with respect to national health options, i.e. a free market system, a national health service (NHS) and a national health insurance system (NHIS). While the paper does not provide support for any one of these options it does attempt to investigate some of the implications of each option for the funding and delivery of mental health care.

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