The role of the private sector in accelerating progress towards UHC

Meeting Organizer

World Health Organization (WHO)

National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Japan (NCGM)

Contact Person : David Clarke,

28 January 2020
09:00 - 12:30 hrs.
Venue : Lotus Suite 1

Open to All Participants


The effective management of mixed, public and private, healthcare systems will determine the success or failure of UHC for many countries. UHC in Low- and Middle-Income Countries are increasingly expanding through the incorporation of private clinics, pharmacies, and hospitals into health systems, funded in whole or part through government-managed health insurance mechanisms. This situation highlights the importance of regulations and policies on health provision which apply across the whole delivery system regardless of ownership status. A well-governed health system is one where public and private actors collectively deliver on the realisation of UHC. However, critical concerns – both evidence-based and otherwise – remain unaddressed about the risks and benefits of private sector engagement as part of efforts towards UHC. There also significant know-how and capacity gaps which create barriers to efforts to effectively manage mixed health systems for UHC.


To discuss how to facilitate a new way of governing mixed health systems focused on the means and strategies of engaging the private sector into mixed health care service delivery. To provide an opportunity to share experiences from four countries with very different contexts, and how they have tackled the many aspects that are critical to managing mixed health service delivery to accelerate progress towards UHC.