Fintech Revolution for Primary Healthcare Webinar

On October 12, ACCESS Health Southeast Asia hosted the Fintech in Primary Healthcare webinar, which saw our consultants Sireesha Perabathina and Abhishek Sudke presenting key insights from the ACCESS Health & Metlife Foundation report. This was followed by a panel (moderated by Regional Director Sejal Mistry) with key contributors Ms Pragati Jaiswal, Dr. Pankaj Gupta, Dr. Fida Mehran, Ms Dini Rawati, and Dr. Samila Fernando. The session was also attended by representatives from the pharmaceutical industry, digital and insurtech companies, NGOs and academia.

The participants discussed how pre-existing synergies between the primary healthcare system, digital landscape, and government policies were essential to develop fintech services in healthcare, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cultivating these synergies require forging strong private-public partnerships across fintech and primary healthcare ecosystems. Only then can the various stakeholders – governments, digital tech companies, regulators, investors – have clear roles in driving, scaling up, and sustaining fintech integration into health services.

Moving forward, participants reflected that governments must ensure that their primary healthcare systems are robust before fintech services can realize its full potential to increase affordability and accessibility of healthcare to unserved and underserved populations. Fintech-enabled healthcare delivery necessitates cross-sectoral collaborations between the public and private sector.

Read the ACCESS Health X Metlife Foundation report here.