oa South African Health Review - Editorial
The years 2010 to 2011 were characterised by numerous health-related legislative and policy changes which, if successfully implemented, will serve to change the prevailing South African health system irrevocably. Many of these changes are firmly embedded in the ruling party's increasing focus on the 'outcomes approach', whereby 'improving outcomes means doing things differently in order to increase the impact we have on improving the lives of citizens'. In order for Government to collectively address its main strategic priorities, 12 outcomes - each with its own measurable outputs, sub-outputs and clear targets - were identified as areas of focus for the period 2010 to 2014. All Government Ministers subsequently signed performance agreements with the President of South Africa (SA) to show their commitment to realising these 12 Cabinet-approved outcomes.
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