Cadernos de Saúde Pública
versão impressa ISSN 0102-311X
LIMA, Sheyla Maria Lemos et al. Management characteristics in charity hospitals in Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2004, vol.20, n.5, pp. 1249-1261. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2004000500019.
This paper presents the management characteristics of charity hospitals in Brazil, based on data from a national survey developed in 2001. The sample accounted for the random inclusion of 66 Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS) inpatient care providers with less than 599 beds and all 26 hospitals with at least 599 beds. It also included 10 institutions assumed as non-providers of services to the SUS. The analyses are descriptive, focusing on the classification of the hospitals according to their managerial development level, as well as selected issues regarding the utilization of specific managerial technologies, human resources, technical services, and services contracting. Distinct managerial levels were identified, but it is important to note that 83% of the SUS providers with less than 599 beds were classified as having incipient management. The authors discuss implications of the findings for inpatient care policies, considering the importance of charity hospitals for the Brazilian Health System.
Palavras-chave : Hospitals; Voluntary Hospitals; Hospital Administration; Management.