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A systematic review on healthcare financing in Singapore

Rusli, Mohammad Farhan and UZ, Hussaini and J, Saifulsyahira and Abdul Manaf, Rosliza (2016) A systematic review on healthcare financing in Singapore. International Journal of Public Health and Clinical Sciences (IJPHCS), 3 (1 (January-February)). pp. 96-106. E-ISSN 2289-7577

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Background: Healthcare financing has been on the global agenda for many countries to elevate the health status of the citizens at the same time aim for a lean and sustainable health system. Singapore in particular has demonstrated progressive leaps in health care financing through various reforms. Materials and Methods: A systematic review of articles related to health care financing in Singapore was compiled using a series of keyword search in various databases (Medline, CINAHL, and PubMed). Studies that were conducted from 1981 to 2015, written in English and used either a quantitative or qualitative design that focus on health care reform in Singapore were included in this study. Result: Most of the studies revealed that the most innovative factor in the health care financing in Singapore was the structure and the comprehensive health insurance systems that are in place but it was not necessarily deemed beneficial or affordable to its citizens. The systematic review yielded over 125 results, only 7 of which were relevant to this study after examining in full text. A purposeful approach was then pursued. Snowballing on bibliographic references and undertaking key author and grey-literature searches proved as an effective complimentary approach to the original review and was reverted to in addition to the original search. This method brought the full-text results up to 5. Conclusion: Healthcare financing have a direct influence on the citizens of Singapore and although comprehensive, it also has deficiencies and issues that still need to be addressed.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 7327/52521
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health care, Reform, Financing, Singapore, systematic review
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Community Medicine (Effective: 1st January 2011)
Depositing User: nur hakimah a manan
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2016 11:32
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 13:05
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/52521

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