Private Sector Engagement

Health systems consist of all the people and actions whose primary purpose is to improve health. They may be integrated and centrally directed, but often they are not.

Historically, limited attention has been paid to the range of products and services delivered in the private health sector, or the quality of the outputs delivered (e.g. their safety, appropriateness and efficacy), or their prices (which often are paid by users directly out of pocket).

This situation needs to change. If countries are to reach their health goals, countries need to harness all available resources for achieving and sustaining health goals, and not only that part over which the public sector has formal control. Health policy and strategies need to cover the private provision of health services and private financing, as well as state funding and services. Only in this way can health systems as a whole be oriented towards achieving goals that are in the public interest.

This site shares resources that will help create integrated health systems where all providers public and private, operate in the public interest. It aims to help countries make public policy about the operation of the private health sector, and design and implement tools and strategies that influence the resources, incentives and behaviours of the private sector to help countries to build strong health systems that operate in the public interest.

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