What is it about?

PPPs are seen as the results of ruinous contracts that inefficient- and ineffectively use public resources. Since PPPs in the healthcare sector are common in Portugal, it is pressing to discuss their impact.

Featured Image

Why is it important?

Although the concept behind PPPs is theoretically interesting and potentially advantageous to the involved parties, in practice, the results do not reflect its true value, even if some authors claim that healthcare PPPs are more technically efficient than traditionally managed institutions. Still, we are lead to believe that the existence of healthcare PPPs in Portugal is almost exclusively due to political reasons.


The success of the PPP model in the Portuguese healthcare sector depends on the adoption of several measures, such as: using analytical processes to inform the State's decision-making ability and design and manage the contracts, and follow the principles of New Public Governance.

Miguel Pereira
Universidade de Lisboa

Read the Original

This page is a summary of: A critical look at the Portuguese public–private partnerships in healthcare, The International Journal of Health Planning and Management, October 2020, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1002/hpm.3084.
You can read the full text:



The following have contributed to this page