The Health Systems Management Journal (HSMJ) is an open access, peer-reviewed journal, which serves as an interdisciplinary forum for the dissemination of health management, health policy, and public health research for strengthening health systems in developing countries. The HSMJ publishes research from varied heath related fields, notably health services, health management, policy and planning, health economics, epidemiology, and public health. The HSMJ publishes only in electronic format.  

HSMJ publishes high quality original research articles, editorials, perspectives, review articles, policy briefs, and commentaries. The journal serves as a dissemination channel for research findings from low- and middle-income countries. All submissions to HSMJ undergo a peer-review process in order to enhance quality to the research work.

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 No Better Health Without Functioning Primary Care

Decision makers in the health sector are preoccupied with hospital services though they play a role in less than 1% of all episodes of disease. This editorial tries to draw the attention to the most important health service level for all countries in this world: Primary care or first contact health services. 

Without a functioning primary care health system, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) cannot be achieved.  Establishing a primary care health system demands a wide range of essential, applied research.  The slogan in the headline already provides the main research hypothesis: 

A functioning Primary Health Care system results in better health of the targeted community. Many sub-hypotheses result from the aspects discussed below.

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