Cadernos de Saúde Pública
versão impressa ISSN 0102-311X
SCHWEIGER, Arturo Luis Francisco e ALVAREZ, Daniela Teresita. Regional integration, population health needs, and human resources for health systems and services: an approach to the concept of health care gap. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2007, vol.23, suppl.2, pp. S202-S213. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2007001400010.
The existence of gaps between the population's health needs and the human resources available for meeting them, as well as limitations in the methods to estimate such needs, constitute key factors to be tackled in the development and integration of health systems in Latin America. This aim of this study was to conduct an initial literature review on the tools and procedures used to estimate and plan human resources allocation in health and to use this review as the basis for identifying the advantages, limitations, and complementary characteristics of these tools, subsequently proposing the need for more in-depth studies on their applicability for designing regional health policies. The article then presents the concept of global public health goods, the generation and use of which results in a strategic alternative for improving both health systems integration in the region and quality of life for the population covered by such services.
Palavras-chave : Health Systems; Health Services Needs and Demand; Human Resources.