On September 18, 2013, I co-led along with Geetha Tharmaratnam (The Abraaj Group) a webinar for the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) Investors’ Council on opportunities in the health sector to address critical needs in emerging markets.
Most countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have universal public healthcare systems, however, the infrastructure, especially outside of capital cities and for higher complexity needs, is typically insufficient. There are long wait times for services, limited geographic access to specialists and often long payment cycles for private providers serving lower income patients. These combined factors result in a lack of access to quality care in a timely fashion.
IDB is actively supporting private health sector development via loans and guarantees, with IDB financing typically ranging from US$5 million upwards and tenors of about 7-15 years in USD or local currency. Technical assistance or non-reimbursable financing is also sometimes paired with transactions to further innovation, inclusion or social impact. IDB works with private providers of health services (hospitals and clinics), insurance companies, leasing companies, equipment investment funds, and companies that produce equipment, medical supply companies and laboratories.
IDB finances healthcare projects with a strong development impact that focus on:
- Development impact – focus on underserved areas and populations
- Improve healthcare quality
- Improve access to healthcare services
- Innovation within the healthcare environment
This is the first of a series of blogs about health and education. I encourage you to stay tuned for future entries that further delve into these exciting and high impact sectors.