The increasing demand for health services in Asia and the Pacific is driven by various factors such as its increasing greying population and rise of non communicable diseases which imposes heavy costs on individual pocket and the public health budgets. Given the fiscal and institutional constrains, most governments lack the service capacity and resources to address this growing demand. These gaps have provided opportunities for the private sector to expand its operation and galvanize an integral role in the provision of health services. Through the years, the private sector has demonstrated to provide greater service capacity, service responsiveness, and increase coverage, access, choice and types of services.
The challenge of mixed health systems, which is predominantly existing in low and middle income countries in the region, remains to be one of the barriers decelerating the strengthening of health systems. With the global goal of achieving a universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030, there is a stronger pressure now for the region to strengthen its health system and improve the effectiveness, efficiency, access, equity and quality of service delivery. To accelerate progress in achieving this goal, appropriate safeguards and policy measures must be established to provide an enabling environment for the private sector to integrate in the health system.
With the aim to support achievement of health sector goals, the ANHSS in collaboration with the Center for Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, Universitas Gadjah Mada will organize a knowledge transfer and capacity building course on private sectorengagement capped by a half day summit with the theme Towards more Effective and Collaborative Integrated Primary Care & Hospital Service for UHC These events aim to gather health and health system experts, policymakers, business and non profit organizations, academicians, and others to collaboratively discuss knowledge, good practices including harmonization and adaptation measures, challenges, and innovations concerning universal health care.