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With a new National Health Insurance system being implemented, what will the effects be on the under-resourced public sector and the expensive private sector? And what changes can be seen at the varied regional and provincial levels?

A two-tiered health care system currently operates in South Africa, compromised of the under-resourced public sector (which supports the majority of the population) and expensive private sector (which attracts the wealthy minority). This divergence is attributed mainly to a disparity in the provision and standard of health care services, infrastructure and resource allocation between the public and private sectors. Against this backdrop, despite the high expenditure on health care (8.8% of GDP in 2012), health outcomes remain poor in comparison with similar middle-income countries. To abolish this inequality, the African National Congress (ANC) is in the process of implementing National Health Insurance (NHI) to realize its goal of universal health care in the country, aiming to provide the population with the required health services while making financial contributions according to an individual’s ability to pay. This report gives a picture of the current state of regional healthcare systems, trends and forecasts within the nine provinces of South Africa.

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Rich in statistics and charts, this research report, Understanding South Africa’s Regional Healthcare Markets are part of a series of major markets, taking you further into understanding the growing regional health environments.

Any assessment of South Africa must consider the potential variations across Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Northern Cape and Western Cape, as well as down to provincial levels.

Identifying opportunities in South Africa’s growing health economy requires detailed knowledge of the economic performance and health infrastructure at a regional and province level. Being able to see that in the context of neighboring provinces and the national picture brings focus to areas of opportunity.

Understanding Myanmar's Regional Healthcare Markets - Commercial opportunities in Myanmar's healthcare sector are mainly derived from its large un met medical needs and under investment. However, we maintain that significant improvements are required if Myanmar is to realize its ambitious public health insurance scheme. In addition, political uncertainties from the upcoming election in 2015 may also deter investors over the short term.

Decades of military control have meant that the majority of Myanmar's expenditure has gone into military/ defense, with less spent in other sectors including health provision. As a result of low government health expenditure, healthcare access in the country is severely lacking. The country's decision to open up its economy in 2012 has attracted strong foreign interest, and saw the entry of a number of companies including Coca-Cola, British American Tobacco and Carlsberg. Pertaining to the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector, some companies that have expressed interest in the country and/or established operations in the country include: Stada, Sun Pharmaceutical, Parkway Hospital and Apollo Hospitals.

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Low government health expenditure, coupled with continued unrest and tension in various parts of Myanmar (e.g. Rahkine state), means that unequal access to health care services will continue across the country. In addition, given that more investment will be concentrated in major developed cities such as Yangon, Mandalay and Naypyitaw, BMI believes that firms will opt to gain entry into these areas. Consequently, healthcare provision will improve in these regions rather than other rural locations, such as Chin state, Tanintharyi Region and Kayah State.

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