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A Agência Nacional de Saúde e a política de saúde mental no contexto do sistema suplementar de assistência à saúde: avan?os e desafios

DOI: 10.1590/S0104-12902012000100012

Keywords: health insurance plans, private health system, mental health, health policy, governmental regulation.

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this work analyses the mental health policy-making activity of the brazilian national health agency (ans), responsible for controlling health insurance companies. three points are discussed: a) the framework of an economic and private health assistance regulatory activity, b) the ans and its regulation activity and c) the rules produced by ans in the mental health care field. it was concluded that, despite advances like the legal obligation to ensure medical treatment to all the diseases listed in icd-10, the inclusion of suicidal patient damage and self-inflicted damage care, care provided by a multiprofessional team, the increase in the number of sessions with a psychologist, with an occupational therapist and of psychotherapy sessions, and mental health day hospitals included as part of the services offered, the authors identified specific regulatory gaps in this area. some issues that ans has to solve so that it can really play its institutional role of defending the public interest in the private health system are: the regulation of co-participation and franchise mechanisms, the increasing co-participation as a limitation of psychiatric hospitalization, and the limited number of crisis intervention psychotherapy sessions.

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