Does Medicine Need Psycho-Social Science?

Published in: South African Family Practice
Volume 46, issue 3, 2004 , pages: 5–7
DOI: 10.1080/20786204.2004.10873054
Author(s): SWP MhlongoDepartment of Family Medicine & Primary Health Care Medunsa,, PMH MadunaDepartment of Family Medicine & Primary Health Care Medunsa,


Despite Alma Ata in 1978, the developing countries continue to divert scarce resources to multiple-story tertiary hospitals at the expense of primary health care services. No country in the world has unlimited resources with regard to budget allocation for health care. Paradoxically, a number of advanced western countries are in the forefront with regard to budget allocations to primary care.

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