n Mental Health Matters - Prescribed minimum benefits and bipolar disorder (unipolar vs bipolar depression debate) - : editorial

Volume 3, Issue 2
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The South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) has noted with concern the comments by the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, to the media on the increasing prevalence of Bipolar Disorder. He alleges that there is an over diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder by psychiatrists. He has implied that psychiatrists fraudulently diagnose patients with Major Depressive Disorder as suffering from Bipolar Disorder in order to access funding from the medical schemes. This allegation assumes that Bipolar Disorder is classified by the Medical Schemes Act 131 of 1998 as a Prescribed Minimum Benefit (PMB) condition and Major Depressive Disorder as not.

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