Perceptions and expectations of patients regarding a new rehabilitation model to encompass the vision of the new health plan 2030
Petersen, Rochelle Louisa
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People with disabilities face many challenges. Some are made to feel inferior by others because of their physical or mental disabilities. Primary healthcare described by the Alma Ata Declaration as "health for all", is a process of care which encompasses a comprehensive approach to meet the basic healthcare needs of all, including people with disabilities. The main focus of the primary healthcare approach is to put people at the centre of healthcare. Primary healthcare utilises rehabilitation as a service. Rehabilitation services worldwide are set to improve the standard that the United Nations Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities and National Committee of Rights People with Disabilities aims to achieve. There are however, gaps in the delivery of healthcare services at a primary level, as identified by the Western Cape Department of Health in South Africa. The 2030 healthcare plan was developed to fill the gaps at this level of service. The plan builds on the comprehensive service plan of healthcare 2010 which aimed to strengthen community-based services, primary healthcare and district hospitals. The plan also looks at how the Department of Health will operate using this platform. The framework was established to focus on changes inclusive of threats in the environment such as technological advances and the availability of resources, building on lessons learned in the Comprehensive Service Plan 2010 as well as a reimagined future to improve healthcare services for all. Key stakeholders in the Western Cape aim to improve these health services by providing patientcentred care, moving towards a goal orientated outcome, improving services at a district health level, improvement of equity, affordable health services and establishing premeditated partnerships.