ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Public-Private Partnerships and Health Policies

In view of poor public service provision in many low/middle income countries, a strong move to partner with the private sector is often advocated as a simple and obvious solution. In India, the private sector is widespread and unregulated and this solution appears to be innovative as well as feasible. However, research in this field is scarce and in the lack of evidence, health policy is increasingly dependent on rhetoric or single case studies showing success in specific contexts.

A Critique of the Draft National Health Research Policy 2011

The newly created Department of Health Research of the central health ministry has formulated the draft National Health Research Policy 2011, improving upon the 2010 version. A critical examination of the contents from a health researcher-practitioner's perspective shows a number of shortcomings: a lack of clarity in the terminology, a simplistic interpretation of equity, and a lack of alignment of local research priorities with national health programmes.
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