Professionalism, Quality of Care and Pay-for-Performance Services

  • A. Gullo
  • C. Santonocito
  • P. Murabito
  • M. Astuto
Conference paper


There is an ongoing, heated debate concerning the best model possible for health care systems to respond to public expectations. Our society requires changes — radical changes — that place the organisational apparatus of the health care system in a critical position. Public opinion, as well as the opinion of medical professionals, reflects doubts concerning the ability of physicians to preserve their current role in serving patients. The term professionalism is frequently found in the medical literature and in debates about how to obtain the best organisation of health care systems. Although there is no consensus regarding the definition of professionalism, the term is closely related to the moral principles and standards of care, handed down from generation to generation, that make up the foundations of the medical profession [1, 2].


Health Care System National Health Service Social Contract Community Health Insurance Organisational Apparatus 
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  • A. Gullo
  • C. Santonocito
  • P. Murabito
  • M. Astuto

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