The role of the private sector in health systems

posted Apr 23, 2015, 7:23 AM by Karine Gatellier

David Bishai and Karampreet Sachathep

There is a growing appreciation and recognition of the role of the private sector in the development of better health systems and the improvement of healthcare worldwide. We are witnessing a large increase in research dedicated to this topic and thus in July 2013, we brought together experts, healthcare providers and researchers from around the world for a symposium in Sydney to discuss and share findings and research on this very topic. The symposium was generously supported by Rockefeller Foundation, Gates Foundation, USAID, AusAID, and DFID.

There were three pervasive themes which were represented at the Symposium; access, quality and governance. Access papers ranged from evaluations of private insurance programmes targeted at the poor in Georgia, to an assessment of the condom market in Myanmar, to the private sector’s role in tertiary care delivery in India.

The paper by Gotsadze et al. involves an impact evaluation of private health Insurance for the …

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