Why ditching mental health care plans is a very bad idea

The Productivity Commission’s mammoth report into the good and bad of the nation’s mental health system reinforces a point the AMA has been making for decades — reform is essential.

Despite the report’s flaws, particularly its failure to grasp the complexities of the GP referral process, it succeeds in making very clear that we need to shift the system to a patient-centred model of care with a stronger focus on prevention.