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Step 2: Creating a low-cost system 

Payers and policy makers also have an important role in the creation of low-cost systems.

“There has often been a regrettable tendency among emerging health economies to copy some of the least effective elements of high-cost Western healthcare. Hospital dominated systems with sophisticated technology can seem attractive but tend to lead to very high costs without gains in outcomes and quality.”


- Lord Nigel Crisp, Chairman, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health


Limiting prices and controlling costs by imposing high deductibles and co-pays can have some effect but to develop a successful low-cost system, some different strategies are needed. This assumes the basics of good governance are in place and there are reasonably well developed systems for regulation of professionals and organizations, provider payment and identifying and dealing with fraud.


We see opportunities in four main areas:

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Necessity: the mother of innovation

Necessity: the mother of innovation
This report explores the challenges emerging health economies face in delivering high-quality, cost-effective care.
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