I also used some old data, 2011, 2007, but current numbers should not be too different.
A time series data on number of physicians over 22 years in selected Asian countries.
Many people say that government spending in healthcare is "not enough". Really? These national and local agencies are not small. Public spending in healthcare is big. What makes them "small" perhaps is the huge amount of wastes and leakage. Like spending more money on salaries and perks of government personnel and officials who are not providing relevant or useful service delivery.
Universal healthcare (UHC) in the Philippines.
An example of wastes and leakage in the government health delivery system.
Private spending in health, at least in the corporate and pharma sector.
Average life expectancy of people anywhere in the planet is rising. Many people do not recognize this and only point out the pessimistic and negative scenario.
* Reduce taxes on medicines and healthcare. import tax 1-5% + VAT 12% + local government taxes.
* Encourage, invite more players in pharma (innovators and generics), drugstores, hospitals. Competition from more players is often the best insurance to bring down prices and improve products and services quality.
* Focus on fighting substandard, fake medicines, in partnership with civil society. Protect the public via quality control, not drug price control,
* Do not re-centralize healtcare, allow decentralization and competition among LGUs, among private health insurance, drugstores, hospitals, pharma.
The 15-slides presentation is available in my slideshare account.
UHC 22: Shortage of Doctors in the Philippines, February 10, 2014
UHC 23: Orthopedic Hospital Corporatization, Not Privatization, February 21, 2014
UHC 24: Corruption in Government Purchase of Medicines, April 02, 2014
UHC 25: Some Physician Stories in Hospital ERs, Wards, July 29, 2014
IPR and Medicines 31: The Policy Workshop's Hong Kong Dialogue, November 28, 2014