oa South African Health Review - A case study of the Pelonomi and Universitas Hospital co-location project : health care delivery

Volume 2007 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1025-1715



Whilst there has been an increase in the number of public-private partnerships over the past five years, the question as to whether these partnerships have been successful has been posed from several quarters and needs to be addressed. This chapter presents a case study of a public-private partnership in the Free State and provides some insight into this question.

In 2000, the Free State Department of Health embarked on a process to make available underutilised hospitals in the Free State for the establishment of private hospitals in partnership with public institutions. This process identified Pelonomi and Universitas Hospitals in Bloemfontein as suitable institutions for the establishment of an independent private hospital using surplus infrastructure within both institutions, through a co-location model of public-private partnerships.
This chapter evaluates the success of the partnership four years into the implementation of the project in the Free State using qualitative and quantitative measures, and presents a number of recommendations for public-private partnerships in general.

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