Partnerships between governments, private sector and civil society can contribute to improving access to high-quality and affordable healthcare, just as these partnerships have already impacted many other related sectors. Contract arrangements can, if well designed and managed, draw on the strengths of the different partners and it can be translated into improved services for the population. Public agencies can benefit from areas where the public sector lacks experience and expertise, for example in research and development of products, customer orientation and distribution. Public private partnerships (PPPs) can also be used to increase the choice for people and improve competition, quality and efficiency of services. There are also opportunities for the government to engage the people/population as a third P in the partnerships. The healthcare industry is challenged both by behavioral factors that can only be addressed by the people themselves and information asymmetries where people have insufficient information to make informed decisions about their service providers. The governments can make use of PPPPs to address some of the information asymmetries and also to engage the population for preventive care. All this is critical to manage escalating healthcare costs, improve transparency and quality of care.
ACCESS Health International ran a pre-conference workshop on PPPPs in health on the 30th of September in Singapore, in conjunction with KPMG. The documentation from this workshop is available here