Intermediaries: The Missing Link in Improving Mixed Market Health Systems?

Organizations that link the public and private sectors can benefit individual patients and health systems. These "intermediary" organizations have the ability to perform key health systems functions that individual private providers typically cannot do on their own. The “six key elements of an effective intermediary” are based on research on “mixed market” health systems. While the majority of the studies were on organizations operating in Nigeria, the findings are generalized in a way that is applicable for various stakeholders interested in developing stronger intermediaries that effectively address the key challenges of fragmentation in health systems.

Results for Development, July 2016.