Chapter 5 Healthcare
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Healthcare is by far the largest area of welfare state service delivery for most OECD countries. In East Asia, with the exception of Japan, healthcare spending is substantially lower than their Western counterparts. Nevertheless, their healthcare outcomes are often much better. Leaving aside the issues of what would be the best indicators of health outcome, if we use two of the most widely used ones, East Asian economies outperform most Western rich economies. Surely, the best possible healthcare system would be the one that spends little and achieves best health outcome.

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