by Ajay Mahal & Barbara McPake
Health Systems & Reform – Published online 03 August 2017
The most recent statistics available suggest that the share of population aged 60+ years and over in the Asia-Pacific will rise from 7.6% in 2015 to 17.8% by 2050. The greying of populations in this region poses important and interlinked policy challenges for economies, families and especially the health sector. Rising numbers of the elderly has meant a growing prevalence of chronic non-communicable conditions (NCDs). Public sector allocations to health sectors in many countries in the region have not kept pace with population needs, leaving the private sector to fill the gap with risks for efficiency, equity and cost inflation of health services.