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Improving Public Health Delivery in Punjab, Pakistan: Issues and Opportunities

Michael Callen, Saad Gulzar (), Ali Hasanain (), Abdul Rehman Khan (), Yasir Khan () and Muhammad Zia Mehmood ()
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Saad Gulzar: New York University.
Ali Hasanain: Assistant Professor, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan.
Abdul Rehman Khan: Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan.
Yasir Khan: International Growth Centre, Pakistan.
Muhammad Zia Mehmood: International Growth Centre, Pakistan.

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Muhammad Yasir Khan

Lahore Journal of Economics, 2013, vol. 18, issue Special Edition, 249-269

Abstract: Pakistan has a large and dispersed primary public health system that gives citizens access to trained doctors and staff, and to subsidized medicines. However, both the use of these facilities and health outcomes remain low. Improvements in information and communications technology provide exciting opportunities to leverage technology to improve management. This paper presents a detailed qualitative and quantitative study of the institutional context in which such interventions in the public health sector in Punjab would be trialed. We describe the structure and management of primary healthcare facilities, present selected results from a survey of a representative sample of basic health units, and identify some key issues. We also report and discuss officials’ responses to the question of how services might be improved.

Keywords: Healthcare infrastructure; public sector management; Pakistan (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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