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Rural district hospitals – essential cogs in the district health system – and primary healthcare re-engineering

Martin Bac, Jannie Hugo

Abstract


The article by Le Roux et al. raises the question why it is so difficult to re-engineer primary healthcare (PHC) and why the results so far have been disappointing. They highlight the critical role of the district hospital as the hub from which all activities in the rural districts should be co-ordinated. 


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Martin Bac, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Jannie Hugo, Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Keywords

Rural; District hospitals; Primary care; Ward-based outreach teams

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South African Medical Journal 2015;105(9):702. DOI:10.7196/SAMJnew.8379

Article History

Date submitted: 2015-07-14
Date published: 2015-09-14

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