The health care private sector plays a large role in the delivery of high-quality care services in many healthcare systems around the world. In sub-Saharan Africa, the private sector accounts for over 50% of care provision 1, and in Nigeria, this figure is 60%. As the private sector dominates the sub-Saharan African health provision landscape, the success of the private health care sector will play a significant role in the improvement of overall health outcomes.
Supply of healthcare provision in Nigeria
Despite the size and expected future growth of the private health sector, there are several challenges that hinder its potential for impact in the overall health system. These include poor and variable quality of care, lack of appropriate data systems for patient information and financial records and heavy fragmentation of the sector that limits the scalability of interventions and activities and creates barriers to accessing much-needed growth capital for the sector.
Physician networks have the potential to play a critical role in the health system by increasing care coordination, expanding access to goods and services, and improving quality of care. Furthermore, by creating a coordinating platform that catalyzes the aggregation of ‘one man shops’ into health facility networks, the private sector will be less fragmented and, better positioned to access critical growth capital. These facility networks will also be well placed to tackle the other resounding issues around data reporting and standardization of the quality of care. In addition, these networks help amplify the voice of the private providers thus enhancing their inclusion in health sector engagement and discourse.
We aim to address certain market failures in service provision through scaling up innovative models for service delivery and quality. Our specific goal in this project is to enhance quality of healthcare, improve data systems and reporting and enhance financial sustainability through establishing and facilitating networks of private healthcare facilities.
- Improve private sector engagement in public health priorities by strengthening data reporting rates and quality of data being reported into the National Health Management Information System.
- Improve the quality of care provided by the facilities in the network, and measure this through improvements in clinical care and safety and the development of a capable workforce in which roles and responsibilities are clearly identified.
- Improve financial management capabilities of the facilities in the network and ultimately position the facilities to attract impactful investments.