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Guidelines: Incentives for health professionals

WELLER, Bridget
2008

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Staff costs dominate health services expenditure and ongoing shortages in the availability of health professionals present a real and direct threat to the continued delivery and development of health care services. Incentives, both financial and non-financial, provide one tool that governments and other employer bodies can use to develop and sustain a workforce with the skills and experience to deliver the required care. Financial incentives (wages and conditions, performance-linked payments and others) and nonfinancial incentives (career and professional development, workload management, flexible working arrangements, positive working arrangements and access to benefits and supports) are both discussed. The characteristics of an effective incentive scheme and the development of an incentive package are described. 

MAKER website for health services managers

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

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A library of documents, tools and websites relevant to operational managers in resource poor settings, organised under a set of key topics, each with several sub-topics. Topics include working with staff; budgeting and monitoring expenditure; collecting and using information; obtaining and managing drugs and equipment; maintaining equipment, vehicles and buildings; interacting with the community and other stakeholders. The site is interactive and encourages health managers to share experiences of management successes and problems, policies, procedures, standards or guidelines, and more formal reports on some aspect of management implemented or changed in a country. Fully searchable

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