New data on the private sector role in health services provision
In response to COVID-19, WHO's advice is that governments should take a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach to their response efforts. This approach should include drawing on the capacities and resources of the private health sector (including commercial and not-for-profit providers of health products and services). Drawing on private sector resources and capacity is critical because in many countries, the private health sector provides a significant proportion of health services and product. New data commissioned by WHO shows that the private sector provides nearly 40 per cent of health care across the majority of WHO regions and provides 62 per cent of health care in the EMRO region.
Dominic Montagu and Nirali Chakraborty, Standard survey data: insights into private sector utilization, a technical report for WHO.