The focus of the healthcare industry in Asia-Pacific is on treatment; almost 60 percent of the top 50 healthcare service providers are hospitals and healthcare centers. However, the growth of other service providers such as diagnostic service providers and aged care service providers is indicative of the growing demand for preventive health and aged care services, especially in countries such as Japan and Australia with fast expanding aging populations.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Profiling of Top 50 Healthcare Service Providers in Asia-Pacific, finds that increased development of premium care facilities with emphasis on the patient experience, medical expertise and services, as well as use of technology are differentiating factors.
As the industry is still in the growth phase, key players are looking to expand and make the most of the potential in China and Indonesia, where the addressable market still remains untapped.
Healthcare service providers from Thailand, Japan and Australia account for close to half of the top 50 healthcare service providers in Asia, while providers from Singapore, India and Malaysia have also demonstrated a desire to expand. Interestingly, a third of the region’s private healthcare providers operate outside of their home country; this trend is likely to persist as companies continue to seek new frontiers.
“The attention given to cross border treatment is also fostering new partnerships and services, wherein healthcare companies merge with hospitality services,” said Frost & Sullivan Healthcare Industry Manager Nitin Dixit. “Several partnerships and joint ventures are largely centered on overseas expansion.”
Additionally, healthcare companies are exhibiting a preference for referral center-based business models, as it creates a win-win situation for all stakeholders. The development of clinics/dental facilities in clusters in high-volume locations near MRT/bus stations is another key trend.
Meanwhile, there is an urgent need to address the healthcare needs of the underserved population in Asia-Pacific; however, Governments are hindered in their efforts by rising costs and demographic shifts. The disparity in care levels in the less developed countries has further highlighted the fragmented nature of healthcare infrastructure in the region.
As governments are striving to provide public healthcare services ranging from community hospitals to acute care services, private healthcare service provision has emerged as a lucrative business. The demand for private healthcare will continue to grow due to robust economic growth, medical tourism, greater consumer awareness of health issues, as well as a rise in chronic diseases.
In some instances, despite the geographic footprint, revenues and technology advantages, some healthcare service providers are unable to remain profitable. Many companies are undergoing restructuring for cost reduction and improving efficiency.
“Eventually, companies are expected to become leaner and more efficient. There are also likely to be strategic partnerships among healthcare providers and insurance companies, airlines and hotels,” noted Dixit. “Multiple government-backed initiatives such as tax benefits and contracting will also go a long way in supporting the growth of the local healthcare services industry in Asia-Pacific.”
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Profiling of Top 50 Healthcare Service Providers in Asia-Pacific is part of the Advanced Medical Technologies (medtech.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Asia Pacific Medical Tourism Outlook, Asia Pacific Hospital Outlook, among others. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.
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