Public Private Partnership – The way Forward
August 2015

Public Private Partnership – The way Forward

Views: 786
Ravi Gupta


 

Dr.Ravi Gupta
Editor-in-Chief

Accessibility and quality of healthcare remains a growing challenge for the country. While the need has been to initiate a slew of measures to bridge the gap between healthcare service delivery and the right recipients, initiatives pushing for this service delivery still remain a challenge.

In a bold bid to overcome this growing disparity, Rajasthan government had announced under Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, its intention to outsource public health services to private entities recently through Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) in rural areas, benefitting a population of 70 million. Drawing criticism from across quarters, Raje had acclaimed that PPP was the only way forward to put life back into the healthcare sector in the state.

Rajasthan Government is inviting tenders to outsource 90 public healthcare centres in rural areas under PPP mode. At present , the state government spends `32 lakh per annum on each Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in Rajasthan and the contracts will be awarded to those who bid to operate PHCs below `32 lakh.

Deciding the rules of the game, while the state government will provide the necessary infrastructure, medicines, equipment, and operational costs, the private sector will hire staff and manage the government’s PHCs, and special centres. While it may seem as shirking of the responsibility of the state by some, another way of looking at it would also include taking the lead in making corrective measures to improve the basic healthcare facilities in the state.

The need to improve primary healthcare has been the driving factor across the country to initiate a slew of measures. If the Rajasthan model succeeds, it will prove to be a benchmark and a role model for the other states to follow.

The need to improve primary healthcare has been the driving factor across the country to initiate a slew of measures. If the Rajasthan model succeeds, it will prove to be a benchmark and a role model for the other states to follow.

Rajasthan has been taking efforts to improve its healthcare facilities using technology for reaching healthcare to both urban and rural masses. With a view to deliberate on the healthcare innovations in the State and chalking out the future roadmap of healthcare services there, and elsewhere, Elets Technomedia, in association with the National Health Mission, Rajasthan organised the Healthcare Summit Rajasthan 2015. Thus, the State has shown the way at one end to succeed in using technology to change the health paradigm in the state. It remains to be seen if the PPP model can actually infuse a new life into the PHC’s in the state.

Recommended from all portals

Latest News

To Top