CONCATENATING E-PROCUEMENT PROCESSES AND HEALTH SUPPLY SYSTEMS IN GHANA TO PROMOTE EFFICIENCY: A CRITICAL REVIEW

Patrick Boateng Sarpong, Jianguo Du, Kingsley Appiah, Thomas Bilaliib Udimal

Abstract


The last decade has witnessed a lot of development in the Healthcare sector in Ghana in many respects. Healthcare now ranks among the top sectors in terms of revenue and continues to generate a lot of employment. The healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing industries in Ghana and estimates suggest that the overall market is around GHC 6.5 billion. Yet Ghana’s healthcare industry faces a lot of challenges at the moment. Be it the exponential growth in demand for safe treatments at an economical price or escalating cost of running healthcare services, the sector needs to gear up to support growth that matches the domestic and international demand. This review explores the extent to which e-procurement can help to eliminate some of the core challenges confronting the healthcare sector in Ghana. It explores the roles of all players involved in procurement such as hospitals, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment suppliers, diagnostics providers, government and regulatory agencies to support the effective deployment and sustainability of e-procurement in the Ghanaian healthcare sector.

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