Devex Examines Singapore’s Success In Developing Health System

“Singapore now spends less than one percent of its gross domestic product on health, much less than India where public health services are poor, and even less than the United States where outcomes are way below the average of OECD countries,” Devex writes. The news service interviews U.S. biologist, entrepreneur and philanthropist William Haseltine, chair and CEO of ACCESS Health International, about the country’s success in developing its health system. “Singapore, according to Haseltine, is an excellent example for the developing world because its leaders had the vision to initially adopt a system they could afford, and later on expand it as the nation grew and grew until becoming the Asian economic powerhouse it is today,” the news service writes. Haseltine provides a historical overview of health in the country since gaining independence from the Federation of Malaysia, noting, “Two decades later, as Singapore became a middle-income economy, and always spending within the state coffers’ limits, the government reformed the system and started focusing more on the quality of the services, which slowly progressed into today’s model” (Igoe, 9/19).