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Private participation in health services
is often a controversial issue, although many countries
already make use of private services to further aims in
health care. The book draws on a wide range of country
experience to provide a judicious blend of practical advice
and useful information on health services privatization
issues. It discuses how to assess the potential for private
sector involvement, how to engage in contracting with the
private sector for health services, and how to regulate the
sector. It also provides advice on what to do when key
information is not there: a crucial element of any strategy,
especially in developing countries where data and
information sources are scarce. With the decline of
ideology, politicians have grown increasingly fond of the
dictum "What is best is what works." This book is
an excellent lesson on what works in health care, or more
precisely, on how to make what works work better, especially
with respect with to the involvement of the private sector.
Only with a good public-private mix can we achieve our goal
of improving health care for all.