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CARNEIRO JUNIOR, Nivaldo  and  ELIAS, Paulo Eduardo. Public control and equity of access to hospitals under non-State public administration. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2006, vol.40, n.5, pp.914-920. ISSN 1518-8787.

OBJECTIVE: To analyze social health organizations in the light of public control and the guarantee of equity of access to health services. METHODS: Utilizing the case study technique, two social health organizations in the metropolitan region of São Paulo were selected. The analytical categories were equity of access and public control, and these were based on interviews with key informants and technical-administrative reports. RESULTS: It was observed that the overall funding and administrative control of the social health organizations are functions of the state administrator. The presence of a local administrator is important for ensuring equity of access. Public control is expressed through supervisory actions, by means of accounting and financial procedures. CONCLUSIONS: Equity of access and public control are not taken into consideration in the administration of these organizations. The central question lies in the capacity of the public authorities to have a presence in implementing this model at the local level, thereby ensuring equity of access and taking public control into consideration.

Keywords : Social organization; Health management; Health policy; Health planning guidelines; Public health administration [trends]; Health care reform; Equity in health; Equity in access; Qualitative research.

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