What can be done about the private health sector in low-income countries?


Mills, A; Brugha, R; Hanson, K; McPake, B; (2002) What can be done about the private health sector in low-income countries? World hospitals and health services, 38 (3). 24-30, 41-4. ISSN 1029-0540

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Abstract

A very large private health sector exists in low-income countries. It consists of a great variety of providers and is used by a wide cross-section of the population. There are substantial concerns about the quality of care given, especially at the more informal end of the range of providers. This is particularly true for diseases of public health importance such as tuberculosis, malaria, and sexually transmitted infections. How can the activities of the private sector in these countries be influenced so that they help to meet national health objectives? Although the evidence base is not good, there is a fair amount of information on the types of intervention that are most successful in directly influencing the behaviour of providers and on what might be the necessary conditions for success. There is much less evidence, however, of effective approaches to interventions on the demand side and policies that involve strengthening the purchasing and regulatory roles of governments.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Communicable Disease Control, *Developing Countries/economics, Health Care Sector/*standards, Health Education, Health Services Accessibility, Human, Interinstitutional Relations, Organizational Objectives, *Poverty, Private Sector/*standards, Public Sector/*organization & administration, *Quality Assurance, Health Care, Social Marketing, Support, Non-U.S. Gov't, Communicable Disease Control, Developing Countries, economics, Health Care Sector, standards, Health Education, Health Services Accessibility, Human, Interinstitutional Relations, Organizational Objectives, Poverty, Private Sector, standards, Public Sector, organization & administration, Quality Assurance, Health Care, Social Marketing, Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Faculty and Department: Academic Services & Administration > Academic Administration
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
PubMed ID: 12602088
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/16366

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