Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
DITTERICH, Rafael Gomes; MOYSES, Simone Tetu and MOYSES, Samuel Jorge. The use of management contracts and professional incentives in the public health sector. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2012, vol.28, n.4, pp. 615-625. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2012000400002.
Results-based management is a cornerstone of reform in public administration, including the health field, and has become the basis for other innovations such as the institutionalization of management contracts and the use of professional incentives. This review article aims to introduce and discuss the use of such management contracts in the public health sector. Management by results has developed means and tools that highlight the importance of shared responsibility and mutual commitment between workers and management-level directors. Thus, preset goals are negotiated among all the stakeholders and are evaluated periodically in order to grant professional incentives. It is necessary to improve the mechanisms for control and observation, to more precisely determine the healthcare and management indicators and their patterns, to train stakeholders in designing the plan, and to improve the use of professional incentives in order to effectively increase accountability vis-à-vis the desired results.
Keywords : Health Services Administration; Health Management; Public Administration.