Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787
SOUZA, José Maria Pacheco de et al. Notes on health care planning in Latin America and the Caribbean. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1977, vol.11, n.2, pp. 279-283. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101977000200012.
Attention is called to the fact that the efforts to improve health of populations in Latin America have generally failed. The inequality in the distribution of ill-health is great. The authors accept the fact that the lack of resources available to the health sector may be a restriction towards the improvement of the situation, but they argue that a much more important issue is the misuse of such resources and their maldistribution within the health sector. The lack of integration and coordination between the health services, the conflict of public and private health systems, the under-utilization of existing services and the gap between planning and real implementation are discussed.
Keywords : Medical assistance; Health and welfare planning for developing countries; Health services.