An article from the collaboration between The European Sting with the World Economic Forum explains how the Covid-19 pandemic has thrown into sharp focus the shortcomings of public-private healthcare procurement systems. This crisis presents an opportunity to learn and to reshape these systems in time for the next emergency, it says, and gives three lessons drawn from Italy’s experiences, and recommendations on how to move forward. On the basis of discussions with the main public health buyers involved in the procurement of critical devices, they have identified three main issues that have placed stress on public healthcare procurement in Italy: lack of preparation, lack of coordination and Procurement centralisation structured as a top-down cost-cutting initiative. Read about private/public collaboration advice and recommendations for policy makers here.

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