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Israel to move more psychiatric services into the community

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 08 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:304
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    After a seven year delay the government of Israel has decided to shift responsibility for mental health care from the health ministry to the four public health funds that insure the entire population.

    All involved—the insurers, the health ministry, patients' groups, staff at psychiatric hospitals and clinics, and the finance ministry—have finally endorsed the change, which will become effective on 15 April. Inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care will be included in the basket of health services supplied by the health funds to all Israelis who need it.

    The reform is also intended to reduce the stigma …

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