SINGAPORE’S INNOVATIVE HEALTH FINANCING SYSTEM
Health care costs are escalating rapidly in many countries. This reflects several factors, such as aging populations, changing disease patterns, high-cost technology and prescription drugs. But, it is also a consequence of health financing systems. Traditional indemnity insurance, which guarantees third-party payment for service provided, contributes to these cost pressures since patients and physicians are shielded from the real cost of those payments. In an effort to contain costs, governments, employers and insurers have modified payment schemes and cove...