Mental health patients lose out under new funding plan

Mental health patients would be seriously disadvantaged under hospital funding arrangements to be introduced in July, health authorities have warned. The architect of a system of hospital funding to be introduced in NSW this year says it cannot be applied to mental health care.

Leading psychiatrists have also raised serious concerns the new system of "casemix" funding will dismantle mental health services and encourage patients to use hospital emergency departments instead of community care.

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