Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
MENDEZ, Claudio A.. Human resources for health in Chile: the reform's pending challenge. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2009, vol.26, n.3, pp. 276-280. ISSN 1020-4989. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892009000900012.
Omission of human resources from health policy development has been identified as a barrier in the health sector reform's adoption phase. Since 2002, Chile's health care system has been undergoing a transformation based on the principles of health as a human right, equity, solidarity, efficiency, and social participation. While the reform has set forth the redefinition of the medical professions, continuing education, scheduled accreditation, and the introduction of career development incentives, it has not considered management options tailored to the new setting, a human resources strategy that has the consensus of key players and sector policy, or a process for understanding the needs of health care staff and professionals. However, there is still time to undo the shortcomings, in large part because the reform's implementation phase only recently has begun. Overcoming this challenge is in the hands of the experts charged with designing public health strategies and policies.
Keywords : health management; health personnel; health policy; human resources; health care reform; Chile; Latin America.