It’s encouraging to see that the two countries we looked at in ASEAN Pacific – Singapore and Australia – are doing well. Both have higher Value Measures, 54.61 and 52.59 respectively, than the 16-country average of 43.48.
Not only that but Singapore tops the list for the efficiency of its healthcare system, boasting the most favorable ratio of spend versus health outcomes among the countries included in the study, with a ratio of 17.9 – nearly double the 16-country average of 9.5. Singapore also records the highest overall satisfaction score (68.27), and along with Saudi Arabia has the highest percentage of healthcare professionals (82%) feeling that the healthcare available via health systems meets their patients’ needs, significantly higher than the survey’s average of 59%.
Despite this, the report identifies ‘access to care’ as a critical area for improvement, with the city-state scoring below average on this metric. This is mostly driven by a lower than average density of skilled healthcare professionals and number of hospital beds in relation to the size of the population.
By comparison, Australia outperforms the 16-country average for access to care and satisfaction, however falls behind for efficiency. Its high access score results from having one of the highest densities of skilled physicians relative to the country’s population, and its satisfaction score is thanks to positive perceptions and trust among healthcare professionals and the general public.
These are great results for two of the region’s developed nations, but neither can afford to be complacent. Continued investment in technology infrastructure and education will be crucial for both countries to close the gaps where they need to for better health outcomes, and to maintain their world-leading positions.
 Future Health Index 2018 Study by Philips