Article: Barriers to delivering mental health services in Georgia with an economic and financial focus: informing policy and acting on evidence

A new paper discusses the economic and financial barriers to delivering mental health services in Georgia and assessing the opportunities for reform that can support the development of strategies for change.

The article was published in BMC Health Services Research, authored by researchers from Curatio International Foundation – Lela Sulaberidze, Ivdity Chikovani, Maia Uchaneishvili, George Gotsadze and researcher from Imperial College London – Stuart Green.

The analysis identified a variety of local economic barriers, including: the inhibition of the diversification of the mental health workforce and services due to inflexible resources; the variable and limited provision of services across the country; and the absence of mechanisms to assess the delivery and quality of existing services. The main financial barriers identified were related to out of pocket payments for purchasing high quality medications and transportation to access mental health services.

Whilst scarcity of financial resources exists in Georgia, there are clear opportunities to improve the effectiveness of the current mental health program. Addressing system-wide barriers could enable the delivery of services that aim to meet the needs of patients. The use of existing data to assess the implementation of the mental health program offers opportunities to benchmark and improve services and to support the appropriate commissioning and reconfiguration of services.

The article has open access and it is downloadable here.

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