In its 2019 Medical Trends Around the World report, the firm revealed that medical cost inflation rose by 10% last year, while official estimates put the core inflation rate, which excludes changes in the price of cars and accommodation, at 1.7% and headline inflation at 0.4% for the same period.
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Mercer Marsh also forecast that the rampant healthcare inflation did not look like easing anytime soon.
In fact, the firm estimated that in 2019 the medical trend rate – which measures medical cost inflation – would go up to 10.1% in Singapore while core inflation was expected to ease to 1.4%.
Across Asia the average rise in health insurance costs is seen dropping to 10.3% in 2019 from 10.4% last year, according to the report.
Singapore was deemed the sixth highest nation for medical cost inflation in Asia out of the 11 countries surveyed for 2019 – the same ranking it had in 2018.
The top country for healthcare cost inflation in 2019 is expected to be Vietnam at 14.2%, followed by the Philippines at 13.7%, Malaysia at 13.6%, Indonesia at 10.5%, and China with 10.2% then Singapore with its 10.1%
Overall, the Asian average for the medical trend rate seems to be higher than the global average. Asia’s average of 10.3% compares with a global average of 9.6%, even as official forecasts for inflation rate in the wider economy hover around 2.6% for Asia and 3.3% globally.