Public Private Mix Research Network
An invitation to join an international research network studying the
public/private mix in developing country health care.
Private health care financing and provision plays an increasingly im-
portant role in health systems in low and middle income countries.
Whilst it may be possible to draw private players into health care pro-
vision in ways that enable the achievement of national health policy
goals, there is also evidence that their uncontrolled expansion can
have substantial negative consequences for the achievement of these
goals. It is, therefore, critically important for national policy-
makers to understand the factors influencing market behaviour in order
to institute policy frameworks which ensure that they contribute to,
rather than, undermine these goals.
The primary objectives of the Public Private Mix Research Collaboration
Network (PPMnet) are as follows:
- To share across countries research results in order to maximise the
potential for policy impact.
- To provide intellectual support through networking across countries
to the limited number of researchers working on these key issues.
- To generate specific policy lessons, and consequent regulatory or
other governmental initiatives that maximise the contribution of the
private sector to public health goals.
PPMnet intends to achieve these objectives by, amongst other activi-
ties, the facilitation of an electronic discussion forum for research-
ers, policy makers, and other interested parties.
Who should join the discussion forum? Anyone who is:
- researching private sector health care, or the interaction between
state and private sector health institutions;
- a policy maker dealing with public private interface issues such as
contracting, regulation of providers or insurers, etc.
- Funding or commissioning research in related areas;
- Teaching or studying health care financing;
in relation to low and middle income countries.
Founder members come mainly from health economics and/or financing
backgrounds, but people from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds
would be most welcome. While the discussion forum has been designed
primarily to address public-private mix issues in developing countries,
participation by developed country researchers and policy makers would
be most welcome.
Interested persons can join the discussion forum by :
- Visiting our website at:
and completing the on-line registration form.
- Sending a message to:
leaving the subject field blank, and adding the text:
subscribe ppmnet <your name>
to the body text. No other text should appear in the message.
PPMnet is currently co-ordinated by the Centre for Health Policy at the
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and is funded by the
European Union, Directorate-General XII, Contract No. IC18 CT97-0235.
If you would like any more information regarding PPMnet, please send
Dr R Neil Soderlund
Centre for Health Policy
P.O. Box 1038 Johannesburg, 2000
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