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Catastrophic Payments for Health Care in Asia

Written By: Jason Shafrin - Oct• 22•07

An amazing collection of data has been performed by van Doorslaer et al. in their 2007 Health Economics paper “Catastrophic Payments for Health Care in Asia.” For 14 Asian countries, the authors categorize all charged services, free services, and income-related fee waivers. Further the paper examines the frequency and magnitude of out-of-pocket payments for medical care in each nation. Just three of these statistics are described below.

  OOP as % of total health expenditures % with OOP greater than 15% of HH expenditures % with OOP greater than 25% of HH expenditures
Bangladesh 64.8 9.87 4.49
China 60.4 7.01 2.80
Hong Kong 31.2 3.04 1.09
India 82.2 5.52 1.83
Indonesia 57.7 2.59 1.13
Korea, Rep. 49.9 6.11 2.56
Kygrz, Rep. 51.7 2.30 0.50
Malaysia 40.2 0.98 0.36
Nepal 75.0 3.09 1.18
Philippines 44.9 2.68 1.14
Sri Lanka 49.6 1.54 0.47
Taiwan 30.2 2.79 0.87
Thailand 32.7 1.92 0.80
Vietnam 80.5 8.57 2.89
       

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