PHUA Kai Hong

Phua Kai Hong

Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management

PhD in Social Administration - Health Economics (LSE),
SM in Health Services Administration & Population Sciences AB cum laude (Harvard)

Phua Kai Hong
Contact Details

DID: +65 6516 1540
Fax: +65 6778 1020

Office Location

469C Bukit Timah Road
#02-02F
Level 2M, Oei Tiong Ham Building
Singapore 259772


Profile

Dr Phua Kai Hong iholds a tenured appointment in Health and Social Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. He was previously Associate Professor and Head, Health Services Research at the Department of Community, Occupational & Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore. He has served on various boards of health care organizations and many national health policy and advisory committees in Singapore. 

He is also frequently consulted by governments within the region and international organizations, including the Red Cross, UNESCAP, WHO and World Bank. He has lectured and published widely on policy issues of population aging, health care management and comparative health systems in the emerging economics of Asia. He is current Chair of the Asia-Pacific Health Economics Network (APHEN), founder member of the Asian Health Systems Reform Network (DRAGONET), Editorial Advisory Board member of Research in Healthcare Financial Management, Associate Editor of Singapore Economic Review, and was a past Associate Editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health and Vice-Chairman of the Singapore Red Cross.

Phua Kai Hong - CV

Research Areas

  • Health policy
  • Singapore social policy
  • Social policy

Media Expertise

  • Comparative health systems
  • Health economics and financing policy
  • Population ageing and elder care issues

Publications

Recent Books/Book Chapters

  • Phua, K H and J HE, “Healthcare Reform: Where is China Heading?”. In Social Policy Reform in China: Challenges and Direction. London: Routlege, 2012.
  • Phua, K H and S P NICOLA, “Country Report on Healthcare Services: Singapore”. InDeveloping ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) into a Global Services Hub, ed. Tullao TS and Lim HH, 111 143. Jakarta: Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia, 2012. 33 pp.
  • Lee, H P, K H Phua, M T YAP and J C RICHARD, “Development of Public Health in Countries in Economic Transition: The Higher Middle Income Countries.”. In Oxford Textbook of Public Health, 6 ed., ed. Roger Detels, Martin Gulliford, Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Tan Chorh Chuan. Oxford Universty Press, 2012.
  • Phua KL and Phua KHHealth Economics: An Introduction for Biomedical and Health Professionals, USM Press, 2009
  • Phua KH, “Prescribing New Economic Medicine for Healthcare”, Chapter 22 in Welsh B, Chin J. Mahizhnan A and Tan TH (eds), Impressions of the Goh Chok Tong Years in Singapore, Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, University of Singapore Press, 2009
  • Phua KH and Wong MLL, “From Colonial Economy to Social Equity: History of Public Health in Malaysia”, in Lewis MJ and MacPherson KL (eds), Public Health in Asia and the Pacific: Historical and Comparative Approaches, Routledge, 2008
  • Yeoh BSA, Phua KH and Fu K, “From Colony to Global City: Public Health Strategies and the Control of Diseases in Singapore”, in Lewis MJ and MacPherson KL (eds), Public Health in Asia and the Pacific: Historical and Comparative Approaches, Routledge, 2008
  • Judith Healy, John Maxwell, Phua Kai Hong, Vivian Lin and collaborators, Responding to Requests for Information on Health Systems from Policy Makers in Asian Countries, Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, World Health Organization, Dec 2007
  • Phua KH, “Biotechnology in Singapore”, in S Chaturvedi and SR Rao (eds), Asian Biotechnology, Innovation and Development: Issues in Measurement and Collection of StatisticsResearch and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), 2007
  • Population Dynamics and Infectious Disease in Asia, AC Sleigh, HL Chee, BSA Yeoh, KH Phua and R Safman (eds), World Scientific Publishing, 2006
  • Phua, KH and Lee V, “Demographic and Epidemiological Transitions in Asia: Comparative Health Policies for Emerging Infectious Diseases”, in AC Sleigh, HL Chee, BSA Yeoh, KH Phua and R Safman (eds), Population Dynamics and Infectious Diseases in Asia, World Scientific Publishing, 2006
  • Sleigh AC, Chee HL, Yeoh BSA, Phua KH and Safman R, “Transdisciplinary Approaches to Population Dynamics and Infectious Diseases in Asia”, In AC Sleigh, HL Chee, BSA Yeoh, KH Phua and R Safman (eds), Population Dynamics and Infectious Diseases in Asia, World Scientific Publishing, 2006
  • Sleigh AC, Safman R and Phua KH, “Avian Flu: One More Infection Challenge from Asia”, In AC Sleigh, HL Chee, BSA Yeoh, KH Phua and R Safman (eds), Population Dynamics and Infectious Diseases in Asia, World Scientific Publishing, 2006

Recent Journal Articles

  • Lamy, M and K H Phua, “Southeast Asian Cooperation in Health: A comparative perspective on regional health governance in ASEAN and the EU”. Asia Europe Journal, 10, no. 4 (2012). (Germany).
  • Chongsuvivatwong, V, K H Phua, M T YAP, S P NICOLA, J H Hashim, R Chhem, S A Wilopo and A D Lopez*, “Health in Southeast Asia 1: Health and health care systems in southeast Asia: diversity and transitions”. LANCET, (2011): 11 19. (United Kingdom). (Series: Health in Southeast Asia).
  • Phua, K H, “Ensuring Health Care is Affordable to All”. Straits Times, (2011). (Singapore). (Invited Article in “Ask NUS Economists”, Thursday August 18, 2011).
  • NICOLA, S P and K H Phua, “Medical tourism and policy implications for health systems: a conceptual framework from a comparative study of Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia”.Globalization and Health, 7, no. 12 (2011). (United Kingdom).
  • Phua KH and Kua EH, “Health Impact of the Global Economic Crisis: Implications for Mental Health Services in Asia” (Invited Editorial), Asia-Pacific Psychiatry, 1(2) 2009: 1-2
  • Lee VJ, Tok MY, Chow V, Phua KH, Ooi EE, Tambyah P and Chen MI, “Economic Analysis of Pandemic Influenza Vaccination Strategies in Singapore”, PLoS One, 2009 (accepted for publication)
  • Lai AY, He JA, Tan TB and Phua KH, “A Proposed ASEAN Disaster Response, Training and Logistics Centre: Enhancing Regional Governance in Disaster Management”,Transition Studies Review, 16, 2009: 299-315 (published online: 31 Mar 2009)
  • Ooi GL and Phua KH, “SARS in Singapore – Challenges of a Global Threat to Local institutions”, Natural Hazards, 48, 2009: 317-327 (published online: 9 Jan 2008)
  • Ooi GL and Phua KH, “Urbanization and Slum Formation”, Journal of Urban Health84, 2007: 127-134
  • Ng ES, Tan CH, Teo DC, Seah CY and Phua KH, Knowledge and Perceptions regarding Colorectal Cancer Screening amongst Chinese – A Community-based Survey in Singapore, Preventive Medicine, 45, 2007: 27-34
  • Lee VJ, Phua KH, Chen MI, Chow A, Ma S, Goh KT and Leo YS, Economics of Anti-neuradimase Inhibitor Stockpiling for Pandemic Influenza, Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2006: 12(1), 95-102

Working Papers

  • China Medical Board-Rockefeller Foundation Lancet Series on Health in South East Asia
  • Health Impact of the Global Economic Crisis – Policy Options and Lessons from Asia

Recent Presentations or Conference Papers

  • Phua, K H, “Shifting Health Policy in Singapore: Ageing Population and the Problems of Marginalized Segments of Society”. Health Insurance Conference 2012 (Plenary paper) (17 18 May 2012, Singapore Actuarial Society, Sentosa, Singapore) (Invited plenary speaker).
  • Phua, K H, “Towards Borderless Healthcare Policy Issues in Health Systems Development”. Borderless Healthcare Forum (Keynote paper) (11 Nov 2011, Biopolis, Singapore) (Invited keynote speaker).
  • Phua, K H, “Trends and Policy Issues in Health and Long Term care Financing”.Malaysia’s Private Pension and Healthcare: Opportunities and Collaborative Strategies(Plenary paper) (26 Sep 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) (Invited plenary speaker).
  • Phua, K H, “Healthcare Financing: Can Health Insurance Balance Universality and Sustainability?”. Pathways to High and Inclusive Growth: A Policy Forum (Plenary paper) (23 Sep 2011, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines) (Invited plenary paper).
  • Phua, K H, “The Health Economics of Ageing”. Asia Pacific Conference on Ageing(Plenary paper) (25 – 26 Mar 2011, Marina Mandarin Hotel, Singapore) (25th Anniversary of the Gerontological Society, Singapore).
  • Phua, K H and S P NICOLA, “The Impact and Implications of Medical Tourism on Health Systems”. Workshop on Patients on the Move: Medical Tourism in Asia and the UK(Invited paper) (23 Mar 2011, National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Phua, K H, “Health and healthcare systems in Southeast Asia”. Lancet (2011): 11 19. London: Lancet. (Invited paper) (Launch of Lancet Series on Health in Southeast Asia, 25 Jan 2011, Centara Grand Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand)
  • Phua, K H, “Hospital Reforms in Singapore”. International Medical Business Forum “Hospital of the Future” (Keynote paper) ( 7 – 8 Sep 2011, Astana, Kazakhstan) (Invited keynote speaker).
  • Phua, K H, “Comparative Study of Health and Social Policies in Ageing Societies of Asia”. NIHA Research Workshop (Invited paper) (21 – 22 Jun 2011, National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Phua, K H, “Health and Health Systems in Southeast Asia: Diversity and Disparities”.Asia-Pacific Rim Universities World Initiative Workshop on Public Health (13 – 16 Jun 2011, Gran Melia, Jakarta, Indonesia) (Public Policy Workshop on Disparities, 15 16 June, 2011).
  • Phua, K H, “Global Health in Public Policy Education in Singapore”. Asia-Pacific Rim Universities World Initiative Workshop on Public Health (Invited paper) (13 – 16 Jun 2011, Gran Melia, Jakarta, Indonesia) (University Meeting on Global Health Academic Approaches and Alignment with Regional Needs, June 13 14, 2011).
  • Phua, K H, “Global Health – Perspectives from Asia”. Harvard University Symposia Panel on Global Health (Invited paper) (27 May 2011, Science Centre, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States)
  • Phua, K H, “Health and Healthcare Systems in Southeast Asia”. St Jude VIVA Pre Forum Workshop: Improving Cancer Treatment in Developing Countries (Keynote paper) (19 – 20 Mar 2011, National University Health System, Singapore)
  • Phua, K H, “Cost Effectiveness and Impact on Resource Utilisation by Healthcare Policy Makers in Asia”. Conference of the Asia Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver(Invited paper) (17 – 20 Feb 2011, Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand) (Cost-Effectiveness Workshop: Consensus Parameters for Hepatitis B Treatment).
  • Phua, K H and S P NICOLA, “Impact of Medical Tourism on Health Systems”.Globalization and Health, no. Mar 2011 (2011). London: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. (International Health Economics Association (IHEA) World Congress, 10 – 13 Jul 2011, Toronto, Canada) (Highly accessed (Impact factor 2.6)).
  • “Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Health Innovations”, APEC Life Sciences Innovation Forum, Singapore, 3-4 Aug 2009 
  • “Economic Analysis of Vaccination Strategies for Influenza Pandemics”, International Health Economics Association 7th World Congress, Beijing, 12-15 Jul 2009
  • “Health Impact of the Global Economic Crisis – What are the Vulnerabilities?”, Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) World Institute Workshop, “Forging Public Health Partnerships in Response to the Global Economic Crisis”, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 24-26 Jun 2009
  • “Aging and Long Term Care – A Perspective from Singapore”, Aging Asia: Economic & Social Implications of Rapid Demographic Change, Asia-Pacific Research Center and Center on Longevity, Stanford University, 26 Feb 2009

Papers for Seminars/Public Talks/ Lectures

  • Lamy, M and K H Phua, “Comparative Health Governance in ASEAN and EU”. EU Centre Policy Brief, no. No. 4 (June 2012 2012). Singapore: EU Centre. (EU Centre Seminar, 29 Mar 2012, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore) (No.4 June 2012).
  • Phua, K H, “Overview of Health and Health Systems in Southeast Asia”. Lancet (2011). London: Elsevier. (Workshop on the Lancet Series on Health in Southeast Asia, 20 Jun 2011, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Bukit Timah Campus, Singapore)
  • Phua, K H, “Health Policy Challenges in Asia”. NIHA Health Leadership Program (10 Jul 2012, National University of Singapore, Singapore) (Invited speaker).
  • Phua, K H, “Healthcare Economics of Medical Devices: Asia Perspectives”. Expert Meeting to Better Appraise Surgical Energy Devices (24 – 25 Nov 2012, Seoul, South Korea) (Invited speaker).
  • Phua, K H, “Trends and Policy Issues in Health Economic Evaluation”.Pharmacoeconomic Evaluation and Modelling Workshop (17 – 18 Nov 2011, National Healthcare Group, Singapore) (Invited lecturer).
  • Phua, K H, “Health Policy Challenges in Asia”. NIHA Health Leadership Program (18 Oct 2011, National University of Singapore, Singapore) (Invited speaker).
  • Phua, K H, “Social Issues of Ageing: Healthcare Management and Financing”. Shell Scenario Planning Workshop (17 – 18 Oct 2011, Singapore) (Invited speaker).

Teaching Cases

  • “Singapore’s Voluntary Responses to the Asian Tsunami in Aceh” (research in progress on the Task Force for Asian Tidal Wave Fund, in collaboration with the Singapore Red Cross)
  • “Contingency Planning for Influenza Pandemic in Singapore”, in collaboration with Dr Vernon Lee
  • “Financing Long Term Care in Singapore”
  • “Singapore”, in Social Health Insurance: Selected Case Studies from Asia and the Pacific, WHO South East Asia Region, New Delhi and Western Pacific Region, Manila, 2005

Op-Eds, Policy Briefs

  • Lamy, M and K H Phua, “Regional Health Governance: A Comparative Perspective on EU and ASEAN”. Policy Brief No. 4. Singapore: EU Centre, 2012.
  • TAUFIK, R I, S P NICOLA, J N LOH, D S JARVIS, K H Phua and T S Gopi Rethinaraj, “Jakarta’s Poor: Strategies for Defusing Violenece and Protecting Migrants”. Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin 16. Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, 2012.
  • NICOLA, S P, J N LOH, R I TAUFIK, D S JARVIS, K H Phua and T S Gopi Rethinaraj, “Good Water Governance Matters”. Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin 15. Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, 2012.
  • NICOLA, S P and K H Phua, “Migrants and population health: A politically sensitive topic”. Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin 14, 12-14. Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, 2012.
  • NICOLA, S P and K H Phua, “Maternal and Child Interventions”. Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin 13, 7-12. Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, 2011.
  • Phua, K H and E H Kua, “The Health Impact of the Global Financial Crisis”. Global-is-Asian No. 12, 36-37. Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, 2011. (Oct Dec 2011).
  • NICOLA, S P and K H Phua, “Maternal & Child Health and Chronic Disease in ASEAN: The Neglected and Unfinished Agenda”. Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin 12, 4-5, 9 and 11. Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, 2011.
  • NICOLA*, S P and K H Phua, “Rice and its Influence on Health, Nutrition and Diet”.Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin 11, 13-20. Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, 2011.
  • Lamy, M, S P NICOLA and K H Phua, “Workshop on the Lancet Series on Health in Southeast Asia: What Next?”. Global-is-Asian No. 11, 51-52. Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, 2011. (Jul-Sept 2011).
  • Phua, K H, “Healthcare Financing in Asia Revisited”. Global-is-Asian No. 11, 43-45. Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, 2011. (July-Sept 2011).
  • NICOLA, S P and K H Phua, “Disaster Risk Reduction Policies as Valuable Insurance”.Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin 10, 5-10. Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, 2011.
  • NICOLA, S P and K H Phua, “Trading Health for Wealth?”. Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin 9. Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, 2011.
  • Lim, J and K H Phua, “Re designing Hospitals for the Future”. TODAY. Singapore: MediaCorps Singapore Ltd, 2011. (Invited commentary, TODAY Mar 21, 2011).
  • Lim, Jeremy and K H Phua, “Re designing Hospitals for the Future”. TODAY. Singapore: Media Corps Press Ltd, 2011. (Invited`commentary published in TODAY, Monday March 21, 2011).
  • NICOLA, S P and K H Phua, “The Experts Weigh In: Jacques Jeugmans, Roberto Taboada, Tikki Pang (Pangestu)”. Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin 8, 23 28. Singapore: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, 2011.
  • Phua KH and Lee VJM, “Healthcare for the Future”, Singapore Perspectives 2008, Institute of Policy Studies, Singapore, 2008
  • “Means testing a guide, not cure-all”, News Comment, TODAY, 8 Jan 2008, Singapore
  • “Fine-tuning health care for ageing Singapore”, Friday Matters, Straits Times, Friday, 12 October 2007, Singapore

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