Although manufacturing output and major infrastructure building projects are often used as yardsticks to measure the way key emerging markets around the world are performing, there are plenty of other indicators that can also be used. One of these is the standard of healthcare provision that is offered, both as private services and those subsidised in some way by central governments.

While the UK’s fully state-funded NHS is something of a unique institution, a mix of state healthcare and private companies is common elsewhere. As the populations of emerging economies become more affluent and educated, the social demand for better services becomes far greater and it is in the interests of both big business and governments to make sure the calls are met.

Improved healthcare

Emerging economies are making the most of new technology, new operating models and new behaviour patterns to skip over some of the teething troubles that other more established economies have had to overcome. This applies as much to healthcare services as it does to various commercial and communications infrastructure.

The transformation of the entire delivery of primary health care in Ethiopia is a perfect example of how some countries have ‘leapfrogged’ forward, with the result that a healthier population leads to more economic growth and sustainable development. However, this certainly isn’t the case for all emerging economies, as there are still many examples where millions of people around the world suffer from living under health systems that still fail to meet their needs.

Success story

Kuwait’s healthcare system is often cited as a great example of a root-to-branch transformation of a health service with the end results proving to be amongst the very best in the world.

Fahad Al Rajaan has been the Director General of The Public Institution for Social Security in Kuwait for more than thirty years and can take much of the credit for the way the country’s healthcare system looks today.

Rajaan has gone on record as explaining how his country has always looked after its people and remains one of the core objectives of the government and the Kuwaiti parliament. As well as free healthcare, education is also free and the pension fund is subsidised. This is partly down to the fact that the oil sector in Kuwait is controlled by the government so they can redistribute profits back to the people via civic projects and welfare spending.

Future living

With longevity always having been something that favoured wealthier nations, the way that the global economy is helping to eradicate poverty means that more people than ever are benefiting from improved healthcare. and totally changing the global picture. With the efforts of people like Mr Rajaan helping shape the health sector in whole countries, there is no doubt that the future looks brighter and longer than it has before.

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  1. jcashbyblog says:

    Healthcare is utterly dependent on effective public services such as housing, energy, water, transportation, security etc. These are are the independent variables, with primary care being an intervening variable. If you do not achieve the former effectively then primary and acute care become the expensive way of maintaining overall healthy nations.

  2. Jolly Holly says:

    Fahad Al Rajaan is wanted by interpol for fraud/embezzlement that he committed during his time as Director of Social pension in Kuwait. He has stolen money from the Kuwaiti people and is in no way a legitimate business man. Be weary of any dealings with him.

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