There is a growing realisation that citizens of many low and middle income countries rely heavily on private providers of drugs and medical advice. Nearly 60% of total health expenditure on health in low- and middle-income countries is private, rising above 80% in countries such as India, Pakistan, Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

There is an urgent need to build systematic knowledge about health-seeking behaviour, the performance of non-state providers and the outcomes of different interventions to improve the performance of health markets in meeting the needs of the poor.

The Private Sector in Health is a Health Systems Global thematic working group. Historically, the group has organised biennial symposia in advance of the International Health Economics Association world congress. These symposia bring together researchers, implementers, donors and policy makers for dialogue and discussion. It is an unparalleled opportunity to hear the best and most recent research and to network with colleagues from around the world.

In addition to the symposia, in the first half of 2013, members of the Scientific Advisory Committee organised a series of webinars. These served as a good introduction to the core themes in the run up to the symposium in Sydney.

Join the Health Systems Global – Private Sector in Health group, hosted by the Health Systems Hub!

What is it and why should I join?
The Health Systems Hub hosts a “home” for all members of the Private Sector in Health Thematic Working Group to virtually convene and share and/or discuss the most recent research around:

  • The performance of non-state providers
  • The outcomes of different interventions to improve the performance of health markets in meeting the needs of the poor
  • Scaling up innovation in the private sector
  • Health-seeking behaviour in the private sector
Registered group members can share documents, photos, and other resources of interest to a large audience of policymakers, practitioners, donors and researchers involved in the private health sector. Members can additionally network, or “follow” other users, as well as send and receive private messages from fellow group members.

Registration to the Hub is free and open to all stakeholders interested in pluralist health systems.
To learn more or to join, please visit The Health Systems Hub.
For additional questions, feel free to email

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    Posted Oct 22, 2014, 1:56 AM by Jeff Knezovich
  • Two new collections on the role of the private sector in health July 2014, one year on from our last symposium and we're pleased to announce not one, but two new special collections of journal articles relating to the role of ...
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