Were the budgetary reforms to the Better Acces to Mental Health Care initiative appropriate

Pirkis, Jane; Harris, Meredith
June 2011
Medical Journal of Australia;6/6/2011, Vol. 194 Issue 11, p594
Academic Journal
The article presents arguments on the budgetary reforms to the Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative of the Australian government. According to the authors, the provision is positive since it will allow consumers to receive a specified number of Medicare-reimbursable mental health care sessions. They cite their study which found that over 11 million services have been delivered by Better Access, including treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy. They also explain budget-related changes to Better Access.


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