Journal article

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

Anne Mills, Ruairi Brugha, Kara Hanson, Barbara McPake

World hospitals and health services : the official journal of the International Hospital Federation | Published : 2002

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 direc..

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