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28 May 2019

Australia has been ranked number two overall in a recent study of healthcare systems in the Asia-Pacific.

The research was analysed by ValueChampion Singapore, a consumer spending information service.

The study aimed to examine which countries in the region were leading the way in terms of healthcare quality, accessibility and affordability.

Japan ranked first, due to its “exceptional healthcare outcomes, accessibility and affordability” and because its “citizens enjoy long lives and have access to health care that provides quality treatment for common health conditions, suggesting quality health care is a priority” even in old age.

Australia came next, followed by New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea to make the top five.

The study’s analyst, Anastassia Evlanova, said: “Australia ranked second in our study due to its robust government expenditure on health care, good citizen health and high concentration of doctors and nurses per capita.

“It scored exceptionally well on the Health Access and Quality index, suggesting that individuals have access to necessary treatment for life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, diabetes and respiratory infections. In fact, Australia's cancer mortality-to-incidence ratio is one of the lowest compared to other developed countries.

“However, despite Australia's rank for government health spending, its citizens pay higher out-of-pocket expenses than seven other countries on this list. This may stem from Australia’s high rate of private healthcare coverage.

“Despite its public healthcare system (Medicare) providing subsidised or free healthcare, about half of the population also purchases private healthcare coverage, which can incur a 25 per cent out-of-pocket cost. The conscious decision to pay out-of-pocket for private healthcare may be part of the reason for the relatively high individual expenditure.”

A full analysis can be found at:



Published: 28 May 2019