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Gaceta Sanitaria

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MENEU, Ricard  and  ORTUN, Vicente. Transparency and good healthcare governance: an aid to overcoming the crisis. Gac Sanit [online]. 2011, vol.25, n.4, pp.333-338. ISSN 0213-9111.

Countries thrive on an economic foundation capable of facilitating the fulfillment of human potential in a society that does not renounce major achievements such as the welfare state. A necessary condition is that the "rules of the game", formal and informal institutions, make what is socially desirable individually attractive. Improving health governance, including its dimension of controlling corruption, and helping Spain out of the current economic crisis are two sides of the same coin. Characterization of health system governance in Spain and analysis of the impact of this governance on health policy, management of healthcare organizations and clinical practice allows an ambitious and feasible agenda to be drawn up of the remaining tasks that health professionals -broadly defined- and social actors should undertake with the support of citizens.

Keywords : Governance; Transparency; Health policy; Health organization; Clinical management; Democracy; Efficiency; Welfare state.

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