Private health sector


This page lists the research that I (together with colleagues)  have done relating to Policy on the private health sector in Southern Africa.

Links to open-source published documents are provided. Contact me if you would like access to an unpublished report.


  1. Doherty J. 2015. Achieving universal health coverage in Africa: is there a role for formal for-profit providers? Global Health Check.
  2. Doherty J. 2015. Achieving universal health coverage in East and Southern Africa: what role for for-profit providers? Paper presented as part of Panel Session T03P13: Private sector and universal health coverage – examining evidence and deconstructing rhetoric. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.1993.9682. Paper delivered to the International Conference on Public Policy, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy, 1-4 July 2015.
  3. Doherty J. 2015. Regulating the for-profit private health sector: lessons from East and Southern Africa. Health Policy and Planning; 30(3); i93-i102. doi: 10.1093/heapol/czu111.
  4. Doherty J. 2013. Legislation on the for-profit private health sector in east and southern Africa. EQUINET Discussion Paper 99. Harare: HEU, EQUINET. 
  5. Doherty J, McIntyre D. 2013. Addressing the failings of public health systems: should the private sector be an instrument of choice? In: Surender D, Walker R (eds). 2013. Social policy in a developing world. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. (pages 101-124).
  6. McIntyre DE, Doherty JE, Ataguba JE.  (2012)  Health care financing and expenditure – post-1994 progress and remaining challenges.  In:  Van Rensburg HCJ (ed).  Health and health care in South Africa (2nd edition).  Pretoria:  van Schaik Publishers. ISBN: 9780627030130.
  7. Doherty J. 2011. Expansion of the private for-profit health sector in East and Southern Africa. EQUINET with HEU UCT and TARSC Policy Brief 26. Harare: EQUINET.
  8. Doherty J.  2011.  Expanding the private health sector in our region – healthy partnership or trojan horse? (Editorial).  EQUINET Newsletter 127.  Training and Research Support Centre:  Harare.
  9. Doherty J.  2011.  Expansion of the private health sector in East and Southern Africa.  EQUINET Discussion Paper 87.  EQUINET:  Harare.
  10. Doherty J, Steinberg J.  2003.  Priority health care information needs for reform:  what role for BHF?  Johannesburg:  Board of Healthcare Funders.  [this report summarises all the research done on the private sector in South Africa from the late 1980s until 2003]
  11. Doherty J, McLeod H.  2002.  Chapter 3:  Medical schemes. In:  Health Systems Trust.  2002.  South African Health Review, 2003.  Durban:  Health Systems Trust.
  12. Buch E, Doherty J.  2002.  Public policy and the future of medical schemes.  In:  Board of Healthcare Funders.  2002.  Investing in the new healthcare economy.  Johannesburg:  Board of Healthcare Funders in association with Deloitte and Touche Human Capital Corporation.
  13. Clews F, Kushlick A, Lee T, Doherty J, Rapholo G.  1998.  Non-governmental organisations serving people with profound intellectual disability and severe psychiatric disability.  Johannesburg:  Centre for Health Policy.
  14. Beattie A, Doherty J, Price M, de Beer C.  1992.  Private practice in academic medicine – a trojan horse.  South African Medical Journal82:  385-386.

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