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Two new collections on the role of the private sector in health

posted Jul 18, 2014, 10:18 AM by Jeff Knezovich   [ updated Jul 18, 2014, 10:18 AM ]
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 the private sector in health. One of them even comes straight from the 2011 symposium in Toronto.

First up we have a new special collection in Health Policy and Planning, Advances in Knowledge on the Role of The Private Sector in Health. The supplement was edited by Dominic Montagu and Birger Forsberg, both leading members of the PSinHealth group. In their opening editorial they note:

'Nearly 50% of total expenditure on health in low- and middle-income countries is private, rising to ∼70% in countries such as Pakistan, Liberia, India and Myanmar (World Health Organization 2011). A large proportion of this expenditure goes to private providers of health-related goods and services. Awareness of this, the scale and complexity of private health service provision and the magnitude of the regulatory challenges it presents, has been growing for a decade. As a response to the need for improved understanding of the role of the private sector in health systems, interested experts in health and economics have been working together in an informal consortium since 2008 to create a platform [the PSinHealth community] for continued growth of the knowledge on this subject.'

Additionally, Globalization and Health have just published a new open collection on The Future of Health Markets, which invites additional journal articles related to the core themes of the collection: the role of private for-profit providers, regulation and learning.

We've now included both of these collections as part of the background resources for this website and community.