Comparing the Health Care Systems of High-Performing Asian Countries

Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Volume 2, Issue 2, pages 347-355, May 2015

Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, 2015

9 Pages Posted: 16 May 2016

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Amanda Smullen

Australian National University (ANU)

Kai Phua

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Date Written: March 9, 2015

Abstract

The newly industrialised and high income economies of East Asia perform remarkably well on a range of health system indicators. We adopt an institutional lens to examine and compare the similarities and differences in health care financing and provision in the paired cases of Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and South Korea. This illuminates how, despite seemingly common global, regional and functional demands, reformers have responded through diverse means to different institutional constraints. Moreover, some of these cases illuminate the cognizance of reformers with respect to vulnerabilities in their own health care systems enabling effective, albeit ongoing, management.

Keywords: institutions, health care, East Asia, policy reform, cognizance

Suggested Citation

Smullen, Amanda and Phua, Kai, Comparing the Health Care Systems of High-Performing Asian Countries (March 9, 2015). Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, Volume 2, Issue 2, pages 347-355, May 2015, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2780205

Amanda Smullen (Contact Author)

Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Kai Phua

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Singapore 117591
Singapore

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