Senior Health Specialist USAID
Aligning synergies to drive innovation and scale to improve access to affordable healthcare through shared value partnerships
Universal health coverage (UHC) is a WHO global priority and is also central to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). India continues to under-invest in healthcare, with public expenditure at only 1.4% of the GDP, resulting in high out of pocket expenditure (OOPE) at over 63%, pushing over 39 million people into poverty every year. Gaps in the quality of coverage lead to high morbidity, mortality, and productivity losses due to treatable conditions.
Achieving the goal of universal health coverage will require rethinking the role of the private sector, given its ability to provide access to quality care at affordable costs in ways that go beyond replicating traditional health financing models. Successful UHC models and policies that include the private sector can deliver services reliably and efficiently. Thus, there is a need for leveraging private resources to build public-private partnerships for better health care outcomes.
- How can public-private partnership achieve UHC for improved health outcomes?
- Effective UHC policies that enhance health equity and integrate pro-poor and gender-responsive based approaches.
- Integrating private sector resources with public sector spending to close access and quality gaps.