May 17, 2020

A new report by the Focus Clinic showcases the healthcare expenditure of countries worldwide

Global healthcare
Global healthcare
Catherine Sturman
2 min
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Accessing healthcare services is one of the most essential parts to guarantee personal wellbeing. With increased ageing populations placing a strain on...

Accessing healthcare services is one of the most essential parts to guarantee personal wellbeing. With increased ageing populations placing a strain on present healthcare models, companies are looking for new, innovative ways to provide exceptional patient care, but which countries are falling short?

The Focus Clinic has recently utilised data from The World Bank to take a closer look at the percentage of government expenditure countries allocate towards their healthcare services, ranking 190 countries, with 0.0% being the lowest, to 30% being the highest.

The United Kingdom has been renowned for its exceptional National Health Service and dedication to the delivery of patient care, yet this is currently under fire.

Ranked 32nd in the study, allocating 16.5% of their overall government spend on healthcare, it is clear that the UK needs to work harder and placing more financial emphasis on its healthcare services, where there has been a number of reports surrounding ambulance delays, the delay of non-urgent surgeries, as well as increasing pressures across primary and secondary healthcare services.

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At present, countries such as Iran position higher in the report, providing further concerns.

The US, by contrast has been ranked 8th in the study, allocating 21.3% of government spending on its healthcare service, with Micronesia and the Netherlands close behind at 20.9% and 21.2% respectively.

Andorra currently takes the top spot, with 27.9% allocated towards its government healthcare expenditure, becoming one of the most medically advanced countries surrounding exceptional patient care. The Maldives is a surprise close second at 26.6%, followed by Nicaragua at 24%, the Marshall Islands (23.8%), New Zealand (23.4%), Costa Rica (23.3%) and Switzerland (22.7%).

However, out of the top 10 countries with the lowest percentage of government expenditure reserved for healthcare, seven are in Asia, with the remaining three situated in Africa. Timor-Leste is presently the lowest spending country, allocating 2.4% to its healthcare services, with Laos, Myanmar and Eritrea following close behind at 3.4% and 3.6%.

The remaining countries are Yemen (3.9%), Azerbaijan (3.9%), South Sudan (4%), Cameroon (4.3%), Pakistan (4.7%) and the Syrian Arab Republic (4.8%).

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Jun 17, 2021

Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT

3 min
Erez Yarkoni, Global VP, explains how a three-way partnership between Check Point, HOOPP, and Microsoft is yielding optimum cloud security

Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.

“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.

Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:

  • Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
  • CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
  • Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data


However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”

In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies. 

The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help. 

“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”


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