Mechanisms of Private Sector Service Delivery

From High Quality Hospitals to Homemade Remedies

The private sector is the principal provider of medical goods and services in South and Southeast Asia, in Sub-Saharan Africa, and in much of Central Asia, along with all OECD countries. The focus of this section is on the mechanisms which have been used to structure and work within this diverse range of market-driven providers of care. As a result, the information here does not yet include information on large-scale private investment in healthcare, nor on privately owned chains of clinics, hospitals, or pharmacies. All of these are important vehicles for service provision, and all are of growing importance in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The mechanisms here are specifically focused on external intervention into existing markets in order to improve the efficiency, reach, inclusion of specific goods and services, or engagement of private providers to the betterment of public health. Many of the mechanisms discussed on this site have been utilized by the public sector, NGOs, or both. They have each played a significant role in engaging the private sector to provide large-scale health services in developing countries.