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Social Franchising to Improve Quality and Access in Private Health Care in Developing Countries

Future Health Systems

Bishai DM, Shah NM, Walker DG, Brieger WR, Peters DH. Social Franchising to Improve Quality and Access in Private Health Care in Developing Countries. Harvard Health Policy Review. Vol. 9, No. 1, Spring 2008: 184-197

Abstract

Article 25 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims that everyone has a right to medical care necessary for health and well being. As members of the United Nations, states have a normative responsibility to ensure access to necessary healthcare for their citizens. Nevertheless, private provision of healthcare is omnipresent and surpasses public provision in many developing countries. The goal of this paper is to examine the ways in which public and private sectors can cooperate to improve the quality and accessibility of primary healthcare (PHC) to the poor in developing countries.