Sustainable Healthcare in APAC: Financing and Delivery Models

The Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is home to 60 per cent of the world’s population and, like most regions, it is undergoing significant demographic shift with increased life expectancy, ageing population and increased disease burden as a result of demographic shift, changes in lifestyle and growing healthcare cost. 


  • One in four people in APAC will be over 60 years old by 2050

  • Health expenditure is rising but government funding has stalled, and personal spending is filling the gap

  • Universal health coverage (UHC) is expected to represent a US$2 trillion investment over the next 10 years

An ageing population, a rise in communicable and non-communicable diseases, and an outdated model of universal health coverage 1.0 (UHC 1.0) that is no longer fit for purpose in the region showcase the gaps in current healthcare delivery and financing models in the Asia-Pacific. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has further revealed the fragility of regional healthcare systems and the opportunity to transform them.

This report provides solutions to help establish a sustainable healthcare system design in the region and delves into three care pathways: life-course immunization, diabetes management and rare diseases. It also recommends improving health delivery by strengthening infrastructure, building capacity through upskilling and advocating for consumer behaviour change, and improving health financing using innovative principles such as capital market surpluses, consumer-level incentive frameworks and even crowdfunding. 

License and Republishing

World Economic Forum projects may be republished in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License, and in accordance with our Terms of Use.

Subscribe for updates

A weekly update of what’s on the Global Agenda

© 2021 World Economic Forum

Privacy Policy & Terms of Service