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Market Entry - Health & Medical Insurance Industry in Singapore: Analysis of Growth, Trends and Progress (2020 - 2025)

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About the Market

The health insurance industry is one of the cardinal components of the global economy by virtue of the amount of revenue it generates, the extent of the global investment, and most prominently the indispensable socio-economic role it plays in securing personal and business risk in the event of unforeseen problems. The key issues in the insurance industry include rising competition, generally soft pricing conditions and tight profit margins. Moreover, the economic turbulence in 2008 has affected employer and corporate health insurance business in the developed countries to some extent, due to cost cutting and lay-off of employees and slowdown of new recruitments. However, at individual levels, the market has not shown any significant slowdown. The health insurance market in developed nations is consolidated by few major players who cover more than 80% of private and public (medicare and medicaid) managed insurance. The cardinal challenges for new capital entrants in the health insurance market include immense competition and rising customer expectations. Success here would be enhanced by expanding digital capabilities, making insurance products easier to understand, compare and purchase. The health insurance market especially in the EU5 countries (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, and Spain) is quite stable owing to a significant contribution from the government. The growth perspective for private players is limited due to universal health coverage plans in these countries. Furthermore, in developing regions the health insurance market for private players continue to challenge as economic recovery throughout the region is overshadowed by low business investment rates and slower industry growth. In some developing nations, the growth prospects remain high due to increasing GDP, rise in disposable income, and growing trend toward health security. Furthermore, the growth of the middle class and high net worth population in these regions presents an immense opportunity for international players to exploit the emerging market. Major players in the market include United Health Group Inc., Allianz SE, AIA Insurance Group, Express Scripts Holding Company, Zurich Insurance Group Ltd., AXA, Aviva Plc, Aetna Inc., International Medical Group, Apollo Munich Health Insurance and Cigna Corporation.

About the Geography

Singapore is a small, but wealthy nation with an open and trade-driven economy.  It is ranked number one by the World Bank to start and run a business.

Singapore continued to develop since 2010 due to its exports. However, growth in 2014-15 was slower owing to sluggish global economy and Singapore’s weak manufacturing sector. The government is attempting to restructure the economy by reducing dependence on foreign labor and increasing productivity in certain sectors. To boost FDI, the country offers tax concessions, easier loan, and foreign firm’s majority stake in a local company. The liberal laws of the country also make it possible for foreign nations to buy real estate. The government gives preference to investments in manufacturing and services activities as a part of a strategy to replace labor-intensive activities that have migrated offshore to countries like China.

The main challenges of doing business in Singapore are high excise taxes on some products, monopolies in certain sectors, and being an expensive place to do business in. However, it is the leading global business hub, which tells us about the strengths of Singapore’s market. It has Asia’s strongest Intellectual Property (IP) Protection along with low corruption and strong rule of law making it the most popular choice for investors in Asia.

 

                 Component Name                

Unit

From Site

                                       GDP           

USD billion

293

GDP Annual Growth Rate

%

0.6

GDP Per Capita

USD

51855

Unemployment Rate

%

2.1

Wages

USD/Month

3,443.83

Inflation Rate

%

-0.3

Consumer Price Index (CPI)

Index Points

99.15

Interest Rate

%

0.12

                    Loans to Private Sector                   

USD million/billion

434,237.15 million

Balance of Trade

USD million/billion

4,566.40 million

Business Confidence

(No Units)

-1

Manufacturing PMI

Index Points

50.1

Ease of Doing Business

(No Units)

1

Competitiveness Rank

(No Units)

2

Corruption Rank

(No Units)

8

Consumer Spending

USD million/billion

Bank Lending Rate (Consumers)

%

5.35

Corporate Tax Rate

%

17

Sales Tax Rate

%

7

            

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