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Asia health protection gap

The health protection gap in Asia: a modelled exposure of USD 1.8 trillion

Every year, around 100 million people around the world, mostly in low-income countries, fall into poverty on account of having to pay for healthcare treatment. Stakeholders have attempted to better protect individuals and households from the financial fallout of large and often unexpected spending for medical care and services. To date, however, efforts to this end have been stymied by a lack of reliable estimates on the size and characteristics of the “health protection gap“. Researchers have tried to estimate the gap using different methodologies but most fall short of offering a comprehensive and consistent view.