Mental Health Care Delivery System in the Philippines

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When did the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) officially open?

December 17, 1928

What was the bed capacity of NCMH after two pavilions were added?


In addition to being a hospital, what other authorization does the NCMH have from the Department of Health?

Special Research Training Center

How many chapters does the Philippine Mental Health Association (PMHA) have all over the Philippines?


What percentage of inpatients at NCMH receive subsidies for treatment?


What is the main function of the primary health care tier in the Philippines?

Provide outpatient medical care

Which level of care in the Philippine Health Care System involves referrals to psychologists and psychiatrists for assessment, counselling, and prescription drugs?


Where are most mental health facilities and institutions located in the Philippines, creating uneven access across the country?

National Capital Region (NCR) and major cities

In which year was the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) originally established in the Philippines?


Where do most psychiatrists in the Philippines work, according to the text?

Private practice

Study Notes

  • The Philippines has a three-tiered mental health care delivery system consisting of primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of care.
  • Primary care involves outpatient medical care, while secondary care includes referrals to psychologists and psychiatrists for services like assessment, counseling, and prescription drugs.
  • Tertiary care involves referrals to psychiatric institutions for specialized care, with most psychiatrists in the Philippines working in private practice or government institutions like the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH).
  • Mental health facilities in the Philippines are maintained by both private and public groups, but access remains uneven across the country, with most facilities concentrated in urban areas like the National Capital Region (NCR).
  • The NCMH, established in 1925, is a key mental health institution in the Philippines located in Mandaluyong City, with a 64-hectare site, 35 pavilions/cottages, 52 wards, and various facilities to cater to in-patients and outpatients.

Explore the three levels of care in the health care system in the Philippines, including primary care which serves as the first point of contact, and secondary care which involves referrals to psychologists and psychiatrists for assessment and counselling.

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