School of Foreign Languages, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China
The significant socioeconomic variety of the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) and the favorable conditions for the establishment and spread of infectious illnesses emphasize the need for international cooperation. This article focuses on an assessment of healthcare resources in four countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam). First, the socioeconomic and demographic conditions of the five countries will be analyzed, and second, the health resources of the five countries will be exanimated, mainly from these three aspects: health manpower, health facilities, and health expenditure. The five Mekong countries' socioeconomic progress is uneven and divisive. In terms of health resources, these five countries face a lack of government investment, a high personal health burden on citizens, and a scarcity of health resources. The distribution of health-care resources within and between GMS nations is highly variable. Resource sharing and mobilization are critical in the process of GMS health cooperation for more effective and equitable utilization of available resources in the GMS.
Health Care Resources, Health system, Resource allocation, GMS
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