Many researchers from Future Health Systems saw their hard work come to fruition with the publication of a special supplement of Health Policy and Planning entitled 'Role of the private sector in health markets'. The supplement was launched at the 8th World Congress on Health Economics in Toronto, Canda in early July.
As the supplement's editor, Birger Foresberg, explains in a Center for Health Market Innovations blog:
"The eight papers in the supplement provide an important contribution to coherent frameworks for analyzing and developing health systems in different contexts in low- and middle-income countries. There is a growing acknowledgment that health system development for improved health and health care must include private actors. Researchers are gradually filling the gaps in knowledge necessary for this inclusion. These articles illustrate that private health sector research has moved beyond classifying and counting providers and users into assessment of mechanisms for harnessing the private sector and identifying conditions for their successful application.
FHS authors contributed three of the eight articles in the supplement:
- Making Health Markets Work Better For Poor People: The Case Of Informal Providers
- Comparison Of Trust In Public Vs Private Health Care Providers In Rural Cambodia
- Comparing Private Sector Family Planning Services To Government And NGO Services In Ethiopia And Pakistan: How Do Social Franchises Compare Across Quality, Equity And Cost?