Innovations in Health Service Delivery: The Corporatization of Public Hospitals

Innovations in Health Service Delivery: The Corporatization of Public Hospitals

Innovations in Health Service Delivery: The Corporatization of Public Hospitals

Innovations in Health Service Delivery: The Corporatization of Public Hospitals

Synopsis

Hospitals remain an important source of critical health care services in most countries, providing both basic and advanced care to their populations. They are often the provider 'of last resort' for the critically ill and poor. Yet hospitals also make up the largest expenditure category of the health system both in developed and developing countries.'Innovations in Health Service Delivery' offers insights into recent trends in the reform of public hospitals, with a focus on organizational changes such as increased management autonomy, corporatization, and privatization. This book also provides an opportunity to further understand the objectives, design, implementation, and evaluation of such reforms.

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Despite much attention and emphasis on primary care as a first point of contact for patients, hospitals in most countries remain an important source of critical health care services, providing both basic and advanced care for the population. Hospitals are often the provider of last resort for the critically ill and poor. Yet hospitals also comprise the largest expenditure category of the health system of both industrial and developing countries. As a result, although their critical role as an integral part of the health system is well recognized, hospitals are often the target of health sector reforms aimed at efficiency, equity, and quality improvements and more systemic reforms in financing and the health care delivery system.

This volume provides some insights about recent trends in the reform of public hospitals, with an emphasis on organizational changes such as increased management autonomy, corporatization, and privatization. The material presented tries to answer three questions: (a) what problems did this type of reform try to address; (b) what are the core elements of their design, implementation, and evaluation; and, (c) is there any evidence that this type of reform is successful in addressing problems for which they were intended?

Why Look at Autonomization, Corporatization,
and Privatization of Public Hospitals?

Decentralization, which dominated much of the discussions on structural reforms in the public sector during the 1960s and 1970s in . . .

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