An Overview of Public Private Partnerships in Health. Marc Mitchell, M.D., M.S. Harvard School of Public Health

This paper looks at at varied types and models of partnerships  in the healthcare sector and the challenges that they face.  Public-private partnerships are increasingly seen as playing a critical role in improving the performance of health systems worldwide, by bringing together the best characteristics of the public and private sectors to improve efficiency, quality, innovation, and health impact of both private and public systems. If partnerships are to be effective in addressing the issues of poverty reduction and equity, quality improvement, and cost containment, considerable work will need to be done to develop the accountability and transparency, the legal and regulatory framework, and the mutual trust that is necessary for partnerships to succeed.

Published in 2001.

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