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Table 1 Definitions and examples of five policy levers, as applicable to a health system context (adapted from Roberts et al. [21])

From: An analysis of policy levers used to implement mental health reform in Australia 1992-2012

Lever Definition Example
Organisation Macro-level changes in location, magnitude, co-ordination and diversity of human and physical capital Establishment of local hospital networks
Regulation Enforced changes in behaviour Service standards for healthcare professionals
Community Education Spreading of information to influence changes in behaviour Mass media health education campaigns
Finance Revenue generation and allocation/distribution of funds Subsidies for private health insurance
Payment System of incentives for health providers Activity-based hospital funding