Drawing lessons from the standard treatment guidelines and essential medicines list concept in South Africa as the country moves towards national health insurance

South African Family Practice


 
 
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Title Drawing lessons from the standard treatment guidelines and essential medicines list concept in South Africa as the country moves towards national health insurance
 
Creator Perumal-Pillay, Velisha A. Suleman, Fatima
 
Subject public health; health policy; general practice essential medicines lists; health systems strengthening; national health insurance; South Africa; standard treatment guidelines
Description The essential medicines concept is recognised as an instrument to improve medicines access and to promote cost-effective use of health resources. South Africa adopted the concept and implemented the Standard Treatment Guidelines and Essential Medicines List (STGs/EML) in 1996 when the National Drug Policy for South Africa was launched. The STGs/EML was meant to address the inequities in medicines access and use and to ensure a standard of care to all citizens, yet these inequities still exist. The implementation of the new National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme is envisaged to relieve this healthcare inequity. The STGs/EML still forms the basis of care in the public sector, but a critique of implementing this tool and lessons that can be applied from this implementation for NHI are lacking. This piece addresses these shortfalls and highlights questions surrounding the implementation of the STGs/EML.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
Contributor National Institutes of Health South African Medical Research Council under a Self-Initiated Research Grant
Date 2021-01-12
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — open forum discussion
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/safp.v63i1.5145
 
Source South African Family Practice; Vol 63, No 1 (2021): Part 1; 3 pages 2078-6204 2078-6190
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://safpj.co.za/index.php/safpj/article/view/5145/6566 https://safpj.co.za/index.php/safpj/article/view/5145/6565 https://safpj.co.za/index.php/safpj/article/view/5145/6567 https://safpj.co.za/index.php/safpj/article/view/5145/6564
 
Coverage South Africa not applicable not applicable
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Velisha A. Perumal-Pillay, Fatima Suleman https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0