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Comparing the Health Care Systems of High-Performing Asian Countries

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  • Amanda Smullen
  • Phua Kai Hong

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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.

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  • Amanda Smullen & Phua Kai Hong, 2015. "Comparing the Health Care Systems of High-Performing Asian Countries," Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies 201528, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
  • Handle: RePEc:een:appswp:201528
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    institutions; health care; East Asia; policy reform; cognizance;

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