Southeast Asian countries need to spend more to improve healthcare services, increase accessibility and reform the industry to approach global standards, say experts in healthcare finance.
Southeast Asia for years has been well known for medical tourism, attracting upper-income patients from around the world to experience Oriental hospitality and advanced medical technology. The frontrunners include Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.
While foreign patients are treated well in luxurious hotel-like hospitals, millions of other Southeast Asians lack access to even minimum-standard health care. Countries in Southeast Asia have recognised this and are trying to remove these barriers.
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