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Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública

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QUINTANA, Pedro E. Brito. Health sector reform and its impact on human resources and employment management within the health sector. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2000, vol.8, n.1-2, pp. 43-54. ISSN 1020-4989.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892000000700008.

According to those in charge of health sector reform, human resources are the key component of health sector reform processes and offer health services their greatest competitive advantage. With the help of the Observatory for Human Resources within Health Sector Reform promoted by the Pan American Health Organization and other groups, countries of the Region of the Americas have now begun to gather, in a methodical fashion, tangible evidence of the decisive importance of human resources within health sector reform initiatives and particularly of the impact of these initiatives on health personnel. This mutual influence is the main theme of this article, which explores the most disturbing aspects of health sector reform from a human resources perspective, including job instability and conflicting interests of employers and employees.

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