New Lancet series on the role of the private sector in Universal Health Coverage
Health care in many low- and middle-income countries is a complex mix of private and public provision, with a range of different private actors including spiritual and traditional healers, private hospitals and unqualified drug suppliers, to name but a few. This mix makes it difficult to generalise about how best to achieve Universal Health Coverage in these contexts.
To examine some of these complexities, The Lancet has published a new Series titled ‘Universal Health Coverage: Markets, Profit, and the Public Good’, which discusses how to ensure an affordable and effective health system for all, while managing this diverse mix of public-private health care provision.
A launch of the Series took place on June 27th, featuring presentations by article authors and a discussion. You can watch the full recording of the launch here. You can also find out more by listening to an audio recording of Kara Hanson and Richard Lane discussing the series.
Read The Lancet articles
What is the private sector? Understanding private provision in the health systems of low-income and middle-income countries
Managing the public-private mix to achieve universal health coverage
Other resources on the private sector in health and UHC
Private sector, for-profit health providers in low and middle income countries: can they reach the poor at scale?
Assessment of the private health sector in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central
Purchasing arrangements with the private sector to provide primary health care in underserved areas
Helpdesk report: Comparative advantage of the private sector in delivery of health services
Private Sector in Health Thematic Working Group