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Private Health Providers in Developing Countries : Serving the Public Interest - Sara Bennett

Private Health Providers in Developing Countries

Serving the Public Interest

By: Sara Bennett (Editor), Barbara McPake (Editor), Anne Mills (Editor)

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New ideas about the role of the state in developing countries have considerable implications for the social sectors, especially health care. Certain international organizations have advocated a larger role for private sector health care providers and many developing country governments have adopted this approach. Yet, until now, very little evidence has existed about how shifting the balance between public and private roles might affect equity, and the quality and efficiency of health care. This book presents the results from a coordinated program of research on the private health care sector including studies carried out by Asian, African, and Latin American researchers. Private Health Providers in Developing Countries will help increase understanding of the private sector, as well as illustrating the contentious issues involved in privatization.

Industry Reviews

'A major step forward in thinking about private provision of health services and the public interest.' Andrew Cresse, World Health Organization

'I Strongly recommend this book for policy makers.' Asamoa Baah, Ministry of Health, Ghana

'Sure to be a key reference point. It significantly broadens our vision of real conditions in pluralistic health care systems.' Peter Berman, Harvard School of Public Health

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List of Figures
About the authors
The public/private mix debate in health carep. 1
The behaviour and performance of private health providersp. 19
The role of the private sector in health service provisionp. 21
Public and private practitioners in a rural district of Malaysia: complements or substitutes?p. 40
Characteristics of public and private health-care providers in a Thai urban settingp. 54
Private practitioners in the slums of Karachi: professional development and innovative approaches for improving practicep. 71
The nature and characteristics of health-care marketsp. 83
Health-care markets: defining characteristicsp. 85
The nature of competition among private hospitals in Bangkokp. 102
Monitoring product movement: an ethnographic study of pharmaceutical sales representatives in Bombay, Indiap. 124
The private-sector activities of public-sector health workers in Ugandap. 141
Regulating the funding of private health care: the South African experiencep. 158
The role of an NGO in the market for maternal and child health-care services in Mexico Cityp. 174
Contractual relationships between the public and private sectorsp. 187
Contractual relationships between government and the commercial private sector in developing countriesp. 189
To purchase or to provide? The relative efficiency of contracting out versus direct public provision of hospital services in South Africap. 214
Private-sector involvement in public hospitals: case-studies in Bangkokp. 237
Contracting out of dietary services by public hospitals in Bombayp. 250
Contracting out of non-clinical services: the experience of Papua New Guineap. 264
Should African governments contract out clinical health services to church providers?p. 276
Future research directionsp. 303
Indexp. 313
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ISBN: 9781856494960
ISBN-10: 1856494969
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st August 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1