Financing Public-Private Partnership in Health for Inclusive Recovery from COVID-19 and Stronger Resilience to future Health Shocks

22 Pages Posted: 11 May 2020

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Kenneth Hartigan-Go

Ateneo Policy Center, School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University; Asian Institute of Management

Ronald U. Mendoza

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Madeline Ong

Ateneo de Manila University

Date Written: May 10, 2020

Abstract

In the Philippines, COVID-19 has disrupted and strained operations for both public and private healthcare. And unlike public hospitals that enjoy implicit and direct government support and guarantees, as well as forthcoming infusions to support the fight against COVID-19, it is not clear whether private hospitals will benefit as much from this kind of support. This note briefly reviews the emerging evidence on the COVID-19 crisis in the Philippines, and it explores health sector financing that: a) benefits public and private hospitals already badly hit by COVID-19; b) supports a public-private partnership wherein private hospitals are “repurposed” to join the frontlines against COVID-19 and c) enables a more inclusive recovery from COVID-19 underpinned by a strengthened health sector built on public-private partnerships. The general argument draws on emerging evidence that countries with strong healthcare systems with test-trace-treat capabilities as well as the ability to tap a “surge component” are among those that responded more effectively to COVID-19. These are also the arguments for building back better from the COVID-9 crisis, in order to increase resilience in the medium term (while COVID-19 is still a risk), as well as the longer-term in case of future health shocks.

Keywords: COVID-19, health crisis, public private partnership

JEL Classification: H12, H87, I18

Suggested Citation

Hartigan-Go, Kenneth and Mendoza, Ronald U. and Ong, Madeline, Financing Public-Private Partnership in Health for Inclusive Recovery from COVID-19 and Stronger Resilience to future Health Shocks (May 10, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3597287 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3597287

Kenneth Hartigan-Go

Ateneo Policy Center, School of Government, Ateneo de Manila University ( email )

Pacifico Ortiz Hall, Fr. Arrupe Road,
Ateneo de Manila University
Quezon City, Metro Manila 1108
Philippines

Asian Institute of Management ( email )

123 Paseo de Roxas
Legazpi Village
Makati, Metro Manila 1229
Philippines

Ronald U. Mendoza (Contact Author)

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

Katipunan Road
Loyola Heights
Quezon City, 1108
Philippines

Madeline Ong

Ateneo de Manila University ( email )

Katipunan Ave
Quezon City, Manila 1108
Philippines

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