Variable compensation in Primary Healthcare: a report on the experience in Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Lisbon, Portugal

Paulo Poli Neto, Nilza Teresinha Faoro, José Carlos do Prado Júnior, Luís Augusto Coelho Pisco

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Abstract

Abstract How professionals are compensated may affect how they perform their tasks. Fixed compensation may take the form of wages, payment for productivity or capitation. In addition to fixed compensation, there are numerous mechanisms for variable compensation. This article describes the experience of Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and Lisbon in Portugal, using different models of performance-based compensation. In all three of these examples, management felt the need to offer monetary reward to achieve certain goals. The indicators analyzed the structure, processes and outcomes, and assessed professionals individual and as part of healthcare teams. In Lisbon, variable compensation can be as high as 40% of the base wage, while in Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro it is limited to 10%. Despite the growing use of this management tool in Brazil and the world, further studies are required to analyze the effectiveness of variable compensation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1377-1388
JournalCiencia & Saude Coletiva
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016

Keywords

  • PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH
  • Primary healthcare
  • Efficiency
  • Quality of healthcare
  • Compensation

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