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Symposium on the Private Sector in Health: Sydney 2013

Future Health Systems

There is a growing appreciation and recognition of the role of the private sector in the development of better health systems and the improvement of healthcare worldwide. There has been a large increase in research dedicated to this topic and thus in July 2013, experts, healthcare providers and researchers from around the world came together for a symposium in Sydney to discuss and share findings and research on this very topic.

This Health Policy and Planning supplement reflects contributions to the Symposium of the Health Systems Global Private Sector in Health Thematic Working Group during the 9th World Congress on Health Economics, held in Sydney in July 2013. Members of the PSIH TWG that convened the Symposium included FHS members David Bishai (JHBSPH) and Gerry Bloom (IDS), and was generously supported by Rockefeller, Gates, USAID, AusAid (DFAT), and DFID.

Articles in the supplement inlcude:

  • The role of the private sector in health systems, by David Bishai and Karampreet Sachathep
  • An impact evaluation of medical insurance for poor in Georgia: preliminary results and policy implications, by George Gotsadze, Akaki Zoidze, Natia Rukhadze, Natia Shengelia, and Nino Chkhaidze
  • A total market approach for condoms in Myanmar: the need for the private, public and socially marketed sectors to work together for a sustainable condom market for HIV prevention, by Han Win Htat, Kim Longfield, Gary Mundy, Zaw Win, and Dominic Montagu
  • Private sector participation in delivering tertiary health care: a dichotomy of access and affordability across two Indian states, by Anuradha Katyal, Prabal Vikram Singh, Sofi Bergkvist, Amit Samarth, and Mala Rao
  • Who serves the urban poor? A geospatial and descriptive analysis of health services in slum settlements in Dhaka, Bangladesh, by Alayne M Adams, Rubana Islam, and Tanvir Ahmed
  • Quality of inpatient care in public and private hospitals in Sri Lanka, by Ravindra P Rannan-Eliya, Nilmini Wijemanne, Isurujith K Liyanage, Shanti Dalpatadu, Sanil de Alwis, Sarasi Amarasinghe, and Shivanthan Shanthikumar
  • The quality of outpatient primary care in public and private sectors in Sri Lanka—how well do patient perceptions match reality and what are the implications?, by Ravindra P Rannan-Eliya, Nilmini Wijemanne, Isuru K Liyanage, Janaki Jayanthan, Shanti Dalpatadu, Sarasi Amarasinghe, and Chamara Anuranga
  • Mortality outcomes in hospitals with public, private not-for-profit and private for-profit ownership in Chile 2001–2010, by Camilo Cid Pedraza, Cristian A. Herrera, Lorena Prieto Toledo, and Felipe Oyarzún
  • Can mobile phone messages to drug sellers improve treatment of childhood diarrhoea?—A randomized controlled trial in Ghana, by Willa Friedman, Benjamin Woodman, and Minki Chatterji
  • Regulating the for-profit private health sector: lessons from East and Southern Africa, by Jane E Doherty