Health care systems compared – developing country like Sri Lanka & a developed country like Australia – Written by Dr Harold Gunatillake-Health writer


There is no similarity the way the two health systems have evolved, but the socio-economic factor is key to the dissimilarity.

Sri Lanka has no planned universal health scheme, except for free government hospital care, and Australia on the contrary has a most efficient universal public health care plan to cover health-care of all citizens. The Australian Government’s funding contributions include a universal public health insurance scheme, Medicare. Medicare was introduced in 1984 to provide free or subsidized access to public hospital services and to treatment by health professionals (including doctors, optometrists and some other health professionals) Both countries have public hospital delivery systems rendering a free medical system – preventative and curative to the needy public.

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