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Draft UNECE standard on Public-Private Partnerships in Healthcare Policy open for public review for 60 days

Governments often use Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) to conduct health projects without ensuring consistency with their overall health policy.  This can lead to problems in policy implementation. For example, if a country initiates an expensive PPP hospitals programme, the risk is that this will consume a considerable part of the national health budget   creating gaps in the necessary investments in the primary health care sector and jeopardizing the goal to improve universal access to primary health care.  In order to avoid such problems, PPPs should be considered within the overall targets and objectives of national health policies.

The draft standard aims at establishing a set of best practices in relation to the management of PPP programmes in the healthcare sector, under which capital investment in healthcare infrastructure (hospitals, clinics, etc.) is funded using commercial finance repaid over a long-term (>10-year) concession period.  The aim is help governments improve universal access to quality healthcare by providing guidance on the transparent and efficient delivery of PPP programmes that will support national health and fiscal policies.

The draft text and the template to submit comments are available here

Comments should be submitted to the Project Leader, Peter Ward (peter.ward@laing.com) using the Public Review Comment Template.