Asia Pacific & China REGION
The adoption of value-based healthcare varies widely among the countries in the Asia Pacific region. A panel of experts at the 2016 Singapore International Public Health Conference discusses what must happen to improve care outcomes and lower costs in this populous region.
China’s healthcare challenges: The People’s Hospital of Yiyang County in Henan Province
People’s Hospital of Yiyang County in the middle-income region of Henan Province operates on case-based payments where physicians are rewarded for outcomes not volume of services.
India’s Apollo Hospital Group: Personalising value-based healthcare
The Apollo Hospital Group chain has treated more than 45 million people over the past three decades throughout multiple states in India, and currently provides preventive monitoring on non-communicable illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Apollo also utilizes technology by remotely managing care through telemedicine to serve the needs of patients in geographically remote regions of the Himalayas.
Singapore: Building on excellence
Singapore consistently ranks high in comparison to other developed nations in terms of value-based healthcare. It covers costs through three government regulated funds, offering employer-based Medisave, Medishield for catastrophic illnesses and Medifund for the poor who cannot afford to pay for healthcare. The city-state also provides long-term disability insurance for its expanding elderly with Elder Shield. Singapore keeps improving its data collection and is experimenting with a Cancer Genetics Service through its National Cancer Center.