Resource Spotlight: Purchasing Arrangements with the Private Sector to Provide Primary Health Care in Underserved Areas
Most health systems in Asia and the Pacific provide health services through both public and private clinics. A policy brief by the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, looks at the ramifications of governments purchasing services from the private sector to address gaps in health services, especially for underserved populations.
Plenty of commercial interactions exist between both sectors, but they are not always well understood, the report finds. In poorly regulated health systems – with limited governance – may lead to unintended consequences when a government purchases services from a single group of providers.
From the report:
This Policy Brief focuses on the rationale and potential arrangements by which governments could purchase primary health care services from the private sector for currently underserved populations. It aims to provide a structured guide to assist decision-making and selection of purchasing options.
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