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Asia health protection gap

Asia's health protection gap - Executive Summary

The health protection gap in 12 Asian markets was estimated at USD 1.8 trillion in 2017. This represents the potential stress that households in Asia were exposed to as a result of unpredictable direct medical expenses. In emerging Asia, the gap stood at USD 1.4 trillion, roughly 8.1% of GDP and 10.7% of net household income. In mature Asia, the health protection gap was estimated to be USD 433 billion, approximately 5.9% of GDP and 7.7% of net household income.