Mental Health Care

Management of Major Depression in South Africa has largely been done by psychiatrists, and more commonly in a hospital setting. The current management of Major Depression is fragmented as members are often diagnosed with mental health conditions as well as other chronic conditions and seek care from multiple healthcare providers.

The Mental Health Care Programme promotes the diagnosis and initiation of treatment of Major Depression by General Practitioners (GPs), to reduce the fragmented care between mental and physical health, allowing for faster diagnosis and initiation of treatment.

About joining the Mental Health Care Programme

The Mental Health Care Programme, together with your Premier Plus GP, will help you actively manage episodes of Major Depression. This programme gives you and your Premier Plus GP access to tools and benefits to monitor and manage your condition and ensure you get high quality coordinated healthcare and the best outcomes.

How to join the Mental Health Care Programme

To access to the Mental Health Care Programme, you must consult with a Premier Plus GP and meet certain criteria.

Your Premier Plus GP can enroll you on the programme through HealthID if you have given consent.

  • Members on KeyCare plans must choose a doctor who is on both the KeyCare or KeyCare Start and Premier Plus GP network
  • Members on Smart plans must choose a doctor who is on both the Smart and Premier Plus GP network

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The benefits offered by the Mental Health Programme

The Mental Health Care Programme runs over a six-month period. Members who are eligible to join will have access to the following benefits in that six-month period:

  • Three consultations with your Premier Plus GP
  • An initial psychotherapy session if referred by your Premier Plus GP
  • Anti-depressant medicine

Important information you should know

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