Journal article

Towards improving hospital performance in Uganda and Zambia: reflections and opportunities for autonomy

K Hanson, L Atuyambe, J Kamwanga, B McPake, O Mungule, F Ssengooba

Health Policy | ELSEVIER SCI IRELAND LTD | Published : 2002

Abstract

Hospitals have been relatively neglected although their high resource consumption implies that gains from improving the services they deliver may be substantial. Nevertheless, the challenges posed by hospital reforms are great. Hospital autonomy usually consists of both decentralisation, and a greater measure of exposure to market forces. In Uganda and Zambia, more traditional 'decentralisation' of authority to district level authorities includes district hospitals; and some measure of 'autonomy' (known as 'self-accounting status' in Uganda) has been applied to some or all second and third level referral hospitals. The hospital policies pursued in both countries present opportunities to tack..

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