Affordable Excellence: The Singapore Healthcare Story

$32.00 SGD

By William A. Haseltine

Winner of the 2013 Asian Publishing Award
Best Insight into Asian Societies (non-fiction): Excellence Award

This is the story of the Singapore healthcare system: how it works, how it is financed, its history, where it is going, and what lessons it may hold for national health systems around the world. Singapore ranks sixth in the world in healthcare outcomes, yet spends proportionally less on healthcare than any other high-income country. Singapore achieves its results at less than one-fourth the cost of healthcare in the United States and about half that of Western European countries. This is the first book to set out a comprehensive system-level description of healthcare in Singapore, with a view to understanding what can be learned from Singapore's unique system design and development path.


The lessons from Singapore's healthcare system will be of interest to those currently planning the future of healthcare in emerging economies, as well as those engaged in the urgent debates on healthcare in the wealthier countries faced with serious long-term challenges in healthcare financing. Policymakers, legislators, public health officials responsible for healthcare systems planning, finance and operations, as well as those working on healthcare issues in universities and think tanks should understand how the Singapore system works to achieve affordable excellence.


William A. Haseltine is President and Founder of ACCESS Health International dedicated to promoting access to high quality affordable health worldwide, and is President of the William A. Haseltine Foundation for Medical Sciences and the Arts. He was a Professor at Harvard Medical School and was the Founder and CEO of Human Genome Sciences.

Publication Year: 2013
196 pages, 229mm x 152mm
ISBN: 978-9971-69-664-1, Paperback

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