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Trade in health services in the ASEAN region

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  • Arunanondchai, Jutamas
  • Fink, Carsten

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Promoting quality health services to large population segments is a key ingredient to human and economic development. At its core, healthcare policymaking involves complex tradeoffs between promoting equitable and affordable access to a basic set of health services, creating incentives for efficiencies in the healthcare system, and managing constraints in government budgets. International trade in health services influences these tradeoffs. It presents opportunities for cost savings and access to better quality care, but it also raises challenges in promoting equitable and affordable access. Drawing on a research project of the ASEAN Economic Forum, this paper offers a discussion of trade policy in health services for the ASEAN region. It reviews the state of healthcare in the region, existing patterns of trade, and remaining barriers to trade. The paper also identifies policy measures that could further harness the benefits from trade in health services and address potential pitfalls that deeper integration may bring about.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 4147.

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Date of creation: 01 Mar 2007
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:4147

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Keywords: Health Monitoring&Evaluation; Health Law; Population Policies; Health Economics&Finance; Disease Control&Prevention;

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  1. Mattoo, Aaditya & Fink, Carsten, 2004. "Regional Agreements and Trade in Services: Policy Issues," Journal of Economic Integration, Center for Economic Integration, Sejong University, vol. 19, pages 742-779.
  2. Mattoo, Aaditya & Fink, Carsten, 2002. "Regional agreements and trade services - policy issues," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2852, The World Bank.
  3. Mattoo, Aaditya & Rathindran, Randeep, 2005. "Does health insurance impede trade inhealth care services?," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3667, The World Bank.
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Cited by:
  1. Mia Mikic, 2007. "Health-related Services in Multilateral and Preferential Trade Arrangements in Asia and the Pacific," Working Papers 3007, Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an initiative of UNESCAP and IDRC, Canada..
  2. Smith, Richard & Martínez Álvarez, Melisa & Chanda, Rupa, 2011. "Medical tourism: A review of the literature and analysis of a role for bi-lateral trade," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 103(2), pages 276-282.
  3. Rafaelita M. Aldaba & Gloria O. Pasadilla, 2010. "The ASEAN Services Sector and the Growth Rebalancing Model," Working Papers id:2922, eSocialSciences.
  4. Shepherd, Ben & Pasadilla, Gloria, 2012. "Services as a New Engine of Growth for ASEAN, the People’s Republic of China, and India," ADBI Working Papers 349, Asian Development Bank Institute.
  5. Schott, Jeffrey J. & Lee, Minsoo & Muir, Julia, 2012. "Prospects for Services Trade Negotiations," ADB Economics Working Paper Series 319, Asian Development Bank.

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