Private and Public partnership in Healthcare

Bharathi Ghanashyam

Public-private partnerships have sprung up in several states in India to deliver primary healthcare to rural populations. Bharathi Ghanashyam takes a look at one example and asks experts whether similar partnerships should be scaled up to cover the country's entire health sector.

Pattanayakanahalli village lies at a distance of about 172 km from Bangalore on the Bangalore–Mumbai highway in Southern India, 18 km from the nearest town. It is home to a population that is largely made up of landless farmers and small farm holders. Most of these people live below the poverty line and earn less than US$420 each year. The village houses a government Primary Health Centre (PHC) that provides ...

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