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MENDEZ, Claudio A  and  TORRES A, M Cristina. Hospital management autonomy in Chile: the challenges for human resources in health. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2010, vol.44, n.2, pp.366-371. ISSN 0034-8910.

In Latin America, some health sector reforms have included steps to the implementation of autonomous hospitals. In Chile, the health system is implementing a reform that introduces a network of self-managed institutions. These organizations will be high complexity centers that involve greater technical diversity, cost centers and mechanisms to evaluate users' satisfaction. For human resources in health, the implementation of these centers creates challenges in the planning of service provision and a change from the traditional management style of the teams to one based on networks. These challenges include the estimation of gaps in medical specialists and in other professions in the health sector. In order to be successful with self-management, Chile needs to establish universal and local policies that address training and the organization of health service provisioning in these institutions.

Keywords : Hospital Administration; Health Care Reform; Personnel Administration; Hospital; Health Management; Chile.

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