Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787Print version ISSN 0034-8910
ARAUJO, José Duarte de; FERREIRA, Emerson S. M. and NERY, Gabriel Cedraz. Regionalization of public health service: the experience of the State of Bahia, Brazil. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1973, vol.7, n.1, pp.1-19. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101973000100001.
After making a historic review of Public Health Service organization in Bahia, the Administrative Reform enacted in 1966, was analized and studied in particular the system of regionalization of Public Health Services, through Regional Executive Centers in the interior. Besides presenting the various aspects of the new structure, the difficulties presented in implantation, and the various advantages resulting from its application were commented. It was concluded that the regionalization of Public Health Services is advantageous not only for a more efficient delivery of health services, but also as a basis to stablish a process of health planning.
Keywords : Public health services [Regionalization]; Health administration; Bahia [Brazil].