Private investment

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The healthcare sector presents significant opportunities for private sources of finance. There are well-documented gaps in healthcare system resources and the push towards achieving universal health coverage is in practice characterised by expansion of healthcare infrastructure. The healthcare sector in most settings has historically offered relatively few commercial opportunities for the benefit of formal for-profit organisations, yet significant investment is now being channelled into the rapid growth of corporate healthcare chains, particularly in emerging economy countries. We consider the scale and form of the investments being made, and the implications for health equity.


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