Revista de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0034-8910
HARRIS, Matthew. Payment for performance in the Family Health Programme: lessons from the UK Quality and Outcomes Framework. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.3, pp. 577-582. Epub Apr 24, 2012. ISSN 0034-8910. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89102012005000032.
OBJECTIVE: Payment for performance financial incentive schemes reward doctors based on the quality and the outcomes of their treatment. In Brazil, the Ministry of Health is looking to scale up its use in public hospitals and some municipalities are developing payment for performance schemes even for the Family Health Programme. In this article the Quality and Outcomes Framework used in the UK since 2004 is discussed, as well as its experience to elaborate some important lessons that Brazilian municipalities should consider before embarking on payment for performance scheme in primary care settings.
Keywords : Physicians, Primary Care; Family Health Program; Motivation; Reward; Quality Assurance, Health Care.