Accelerating Access to Medicines: Policy Recommendations for Achieving the Health-Related Sustainable Development Goals

[Geneva Network] A report on the importance of reducing unnecessary medicine costs and increasing accelerated access to new medical technologies through the abolishment of tariffs on medicine and expedited examination processes for medical patents and medicine regulatory approval.

An overview of Thailand’s healthcare sector

[Dean Koh] The healthcare sector is poised to be one of the key economic drivers in Thailand in the coming years, with government-led incentives and an increasing private-sector interest moving in tandem.

Vietnam – Healthcare

[Export.gov] Economic growth and demographic changes are driving demand for healthcare services throughout Vietnam, and not just in the two economic centers of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

World Health Organization’s Global Health Workforce Statistics, OECD, supplemented by country data.

[World Bank Group] Statistics regarding physicians per 1,000 people in all countries.

Past, Present, And Future Of Global Health Financing: A Review Of Development Assistance, Government, Out-Of-Pocket, And Other Private Spending On Health For 195 Countries, 1995–2050

[The Lancet’s Global Burden of Disease Health Financing Collaborator Network] Analysis of past, present and predicted future health spending for 195 countries and territories. The report broadly characterizes global health spending, with an emphasis on equity in spending across countries.

How Singapore wants to attract tech talent to healthcare

[Nurfilzah Rohaidi] The country hopes to leverage on the high mobility of tech workers as the face of healthcare rapidly evolves.

Here’s Thailand’s plan to transform into Asia’s next big medical hub

[The Thailand Board of Investment] As part of its Thailand 4.0 initiative, the Thai government wants to make Thailand a leading destination for pharmaceuticals and medical devices and a world-class provider of medical care.

Indonesia In ‘Critical Window’ For Fighting NCDs

[Gemma Holliani Cahya] With 11 years to go before the target date of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2030, Indonesia needs to pay more attention to tackling the major causes of non-communicable diseases (NCD)… major factors that contributed to the increased prevalence of NCDs in Indonesia were blood pressure, diet, blood sugar, obesity, tobacco and air pollution. [There was an] enormous shift in the disease burden between 1990 and 2017. While the disability adjusted life year (DALY), a global health measure of overall disease burden, in 1990 was dominated by communicable maternal and neonatal causes, the DALY in 2017 was dominated by NCDs.

Cheap Drugs Not Enough to Fight Hepatitis C in Asia

[Inga Vesper] A survey released for World Hepatitis Day showed those with the greatest risk of HCV are the least likely to access treatment despite the availability of affordable medications across the region. Beyond cost, other barriers included time away from work, the added travel costs and out-of-pocket family care costs that would result from seeking treatment.

The World Bank Health Indicators

Provides global average of a wide range of health indicators, such as mortality rate, life expectancy and birth rate.