Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
BAPTISTA, Tatiana Wargas de Faria. Analysis of rulings by the Brazilian Ministry of Health and reflections on national health policy management. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2007, vol.23, n.3, pp. 615-626. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2007000300020.
Ministry of Health rulings and provisions are important policy regulation tools that aim to orient the enforcement of health-related laws passed by the Legislative Branch, under the terms of the 1988 Federal Constitution. Such provisions have played a major role in the health sector, due not only to the number of documents submitted since the late 1990s, but mainly because of this tool's persuasive power in defining health sector policy. The current article aims to foster reflection on both national health policy management in Brazil and the main obstacles to the implementation of health reform operational aspects. The article classified and analyzed Ministry of Health rulings issued from 1990 to 2002. The study highlights the Ministry's centralizing approach and the use of financial and political persuasion tools that subject State and Municipal governments to the system's rules without creating a negotiated and sustained health policy that the country's institutional realities ratify and support.
Keywords : Health Policy; Executive Power; Health Manager.