… placing many demands on the state to work with non-state actors

The 2000 World Health Report confirms, using strong technical evidence, the central role of the state in ensuring equitable health systems that respond to major public health problems.

How does the state deliver on this role in the changing environment of state-non state interactions outlined above? One dimension of this issue which receives increasing attention is that of how the state regulates, interacts and partners the private sector, particularly private for-profit health purchasers and providers. This attention is due in part to the significant financial and institutional resources for health which is consumed within this sector.

Less attention has been directed at other dimensions and social resources. The technical capacity of the state and the resources of the market are, however, necessary but not sufficient for health systems. To these must be added the social norms and networks through which households access and use health inputs.


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