District health systems development : functional integration at joint primary health care facilities in the Western Cape

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2002

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University of Cape Town

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South Africa has embarked on a range of health sector reforms since the start of the democratic government in 1994. The Primary Health Care approach has been accepted as a way of delivering cost effective, efficient and accessible comprehensive health care at the primary care level. The district health system has been promoted as the best model for the delivery of primary health care because it decentralizes power to the local, district level and it is able to integrate fragmented primary care services under one management and governance structure. In the absence of a formal, legal district health system, provincial and local government authorities have made efforts towards functional integration in primary health care. The establishment of shared health facilities with the aim of providing integrated, comprehensive health care is part of the effort towards functional integration. This study investigates the level of functional integration in joint health facilities between Local Authority (LA) and the Provincial Administration of the Western Cape (PAWC).
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Bibliography: leaves 65-68.

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