Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
PEDROSO, Marcelo Caldeira and MALIK, Ana Maria. Healthcare value chain: a model for the Brazilian healthcare system. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.10, pp. 2757-2772. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232012001000024.
This article presents a model of the healthcare value chain which consists of a schematic representation of the Brazilian healthcare system. The proposed model is adapted for the Brazilian reality and has the scope and flexibility for use in academic activities and analysis of the healthcare sector in Brazil. It places emphasis on three components: the main activities of the value chain, grouped in vertical and horizontal links; the mission of each link and the main value chain flows. The proposed model consists of six vertical and three horizontal links, amounting to nine. These are: knowledge development; supply of products and technologies; healthcare services; financial intermediation; healthcare financing; healthcare consumption; regulation; distribution of healthcare products; and complementary and support services. Four flows can be used to analyze the value chain: knowledge and innovation; products and services; financial; and information.
Keywords : Healthcare management; Strategic management; Healthcare services; Value chain.