Most countries have pluralistic health systems, where a mix of public and private providers deliver health related goods and services. An important challenge in governing mixed health systems relates to the diversity of characteristics and interests of stakeholders involved. Health systems include a large variety of entities, from public to small not-for-profit providers to large multinational private for-profit companies. Entities respond in very different ways to governments efforts to steer public policy for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and require a variety of tools and incentives. An inclusive health policy therefore should set out the rationale for private sector engagement and respective roles for the different types of private sector entities, including the means through which this will be achieved.
The Country Connector aims at developing technical resources on the development and implementation of national health policies that are inclusive of the different parts of the private sector in health, to maximize countries' efforts towards the achievement of UHC.