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Ciência & Saúde Coletiva

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UGA, Maria Alícia Dominguez. Resource allocation systems for health service providers - the international experience. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.12, pp.3437-3445. ISSN 1678-4561.

This article presents the traditional ways of allocating resources to health service providers and focuses on the presentation and discussion of alternative experiences found in the international context. It also shows the current trends  in the OECD countries, involving the adoption of mixed systems or performance-related bonuses, the latter being predominantly referred to the effects on the health of the population, i.e. the effectiveness of the health services. It further stresses the tendency to adopt resource allocation systems that are differentiated according to the level of care provider: to primary care centers, responsible for the health of the population of a given territory, a per capita adjusted for risk factor is granted (or, in some cases, resource allocation defined for lines of care), while in other cases hospitals are either paid according to a performance-adjusted global budget or through prospective payment per procedure.

Keywords : Resource allocation; Service provider payment systems.

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