Mental Health Reform: The Israeli Experience

Sam Tyano, Tamar Mozes

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The Israeli mental health services are also in the process of reform. The major changes being attempted are: (a) to integrate mental health into the basket of general medical services provided by health maintenance organizations; (b) to convert state psychiatric hospitals to autonomous public trusts; (c) to relocate the focus of mental healthcare from hospitals run by the Ministry of Health to the community; (d) to subject mental healthcare to market forces, with the aim of containing costs and generating more cost-effective care; (e) for the Ministry of Health to divest itself of direct service provision by giving operational autonomy to its hospitals and outpatient clinics; (f) to strengthen the Ministry of Health's planning and oversight function; (g) to divest the district psychiatrist of all hospital administration functions and to restructure the psychiatrist’s role into the head of integrated regional mental health services.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesigning Mental Health Services for Children and Adolescents
Subtitle of host publicationA Shrewd Investment
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781134940387
ISBN (Print)9781560327943
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2013


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