Report of the Fifth Commonwealth Medical Conference

Wellington, New Zealand, 15–25 November 1977, Volume Two

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Changing Health Care Delivery Systems

There is no question about the increasing emphasis that is being placed in most countries on providing health care facilities for all members of society. This new emphasis is reflected in the wide recognition of the need for an appropriate balance between institutional and ambulatory medical care, in the importance placed on prevention rather than treatment, in the acceptance of the health team concept as the basis for effective health care delivery, in the commitment by most Health Ministries to train a balanced mix of health professionals for redefined roles in redesigned health programmes, and in the acceptance of the need for radical reforms in systems of health planning and administration.


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