Controlling the Covid-19 Pandemic: The Role of Strong Healthcare Systems

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the subject of healthcare to the forefront. As such, it becomes pertinent to ask the question that why some countries are doing better than others in dealing with this crisis? Does the answer lie in the difference in the healthcare system of various countries? In this article, we try to answer this question by looking at some of the features of the healthcare systems of four countries - Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, and New Zealand - that have been successful in controlling and managing the situation. As our analysis will show, these countries relied on their historical investment in building public healthcare and quick preparedness in dealing with the pandemic.