Much of the success and progression of a nation rests mainly on its healthcare sector. The Healthcare sector has played a major role in the economic and social development of countries all across the world. For ensuring high and inclusive accelerated growth, a coherent roadmap and clear policies shall be introduced to improve the healthcare landscape of a country.
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Pakistan, since the time of independence, has struggled with its healthcare system; although it has made few notable breakthroughs. One such initiative is trying hard to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that are set for all developing countries.
But one can’t deny the fact that the health care system in Pakistan is beset with numerous problems, for instance, structural fragmentation, gender insensitivity, resource scarcity, inefficiency, and lack of functional specificity and accessibility. Moreover, it is faced with a precarious economic situation characterized by heavy external debt and faltering productivity, Pakistan’s room to maneuver with health sector reform is quite limited. So, what should be the solution?
The Public-Private Partnerships (An Evolving Instrument)
The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) is a phenomenon that has gained popularity in recent times. In the health sector, it is defined as an institutional relationship between the government and the private sector (nonprofit organizations, for-profit private sector, to achieve a shared health-creating goal based on a mutually agreed division of labor and other resources). It provides a window of opportunities and introduces far-reaching changes in the health and social sectors.