Healthcare Resource Guide: Brunei Darussalam

 

Brunei Statistics


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Market Entry

Current Market Trends

Main Competitors

Current Demand

Registration Process

Reimbursement

Barriers
Procurement & Tenders

Best Prospects

Statistics Snapshot

CS Contact

Capital: Bandar Seri Begawan

Population: 436,620 (2016 est)

GDP: USD $10.46 Billion (2016 est.)

Currency: Brunei Dollar

Language: English, Malay, Chinese

Summary                         

Brunei has a small but growing medical industry. The country’s Ministry of Health provides free health care services for its citizens. The Sultanate’s two major hospitals – Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital (RIPAS Hospital) and Jerudong Park Medical Center (JPMC) –are supplemented by eight medical centers. Basic health services are extended to rural areas through a network of 17 health centers and 20 health clinics, as well as travelling clinics and flying medical services.

Affluent Bruneians often seek advanced medical services outside of the country, Singapore and Thailand specifically. When public hospitals are unable to provide specific services, the government coordinates and pays for Brunei citizens to be sent overseas for treatment. As Brunei’s population ages and requires medical care, the medical industry in Brunei will be an important longer-term growth sector. For the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the Ministry of Health received a budget of US $230.4 million (7.5% lower than the previous fiscal year), including US $ 5.5 million for development expenditure.

                                          

Market Entry

Brunei’s population - largely clustered around the capital Bandar Seri Begawan, with other population centers connected by a well-maintained highway system - provides a ready destination for U.S. exports with low transit costs once goods arrive in country. U.S. businesses should build personal relationships with local representatives and customers through regular visits or by establishing resident representation. U.S. companies can set up their subsidiary companies or branch offices in Brunei as private limited companies registered with the Registrar of Companies and Business Names. 

Current Market Trends

In May 2015, the Ministry of Health launched the Master Plan for the Health System and Healthcare Infrastructure in Brunei Darussalam which set out the 20-year strategic plan for the Sultanate’s healthcare system. The Plan identifies seven key strategies: service delivery, governance, human resources and workforce planning, finance, information technology and research, medical products, vaccines and technology, as well as healthcare infrastructure and facilities. The master plan outlined the building of a new outpatient hospital and upgrades to existing hospitals.

 

Main Competitors

Main competitors in Brunei for the U.S. medical industry are products from Germany and other first world medical device manufacturers.

Current Demand

Best Prospects for medical equipment and supplies manufacturing include:

  • Manufacturing laboratory instruments, X-ray apparatus, electro medical apparatus (including electronic hearing aids), and thermometers (except medical)--are classified in Industry 33451, Navigational,
  • Measuring, Electro medical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing;
  • Manufacturing molded glass lens blanks--are classified in Industry 32721, Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing. 

Registration Process

Even without a physical presence in Brunei, companies generally need a license to do business in the country. One does not need a Brunei citizen representative to do business commercially or when selling directly to the government.

Reimbursement

The public healthcare services are either free or heavily subsidized by the government. Most organizations in the private sector do provide medical allowances or insurance for their employees.

Barriers

The United States and Brunei enjoy a long history of trade, dating to an 1850 treaty whereby Brunei and the United States agreed to trade freely and without barriers, under Most Favored Nation (MFN) status. Brunei is a growing market for the United States. U.S. goods exports to Brunei hit $615 million in 2016, according to the USTR, up 360% from the year before and breaking the previous record of about $550 million in 2014.

Procurement & Tenders

  • Ministry of Health: Tenders and Quotations (link)
  • Ministry of Health: Health System and Infrastructure Master Plan (link)
  • Ministry of Health: National Healthcare Plan (link)

 

FAQs

Frequently asked questions for the Ministry of Health (link)

Best Prospects

Medical Devices Upgrades: As part of the plan to consolidate and realign the government healthcare services, major upgrades are required for hospitals and health centers across the state.

Halal Pharmaceuticals: Brunei is one of the first countries to issue guidelines for the manufacturing and handling of halal medicinal products, traditional medicines and health supplements. When the guidelines were released in 2010, it was designed to pave the way for the establishment of halal pharmaceutical companies in the country, and for Brunei to become a hub for halal pharmaceutical exports

Statistics Snapshot

Market Size

Healthcare spending (including investment)

1,778 per capita (int.$, 2014)

... as percent of GDP

2.6%

Hospitals, Procedures, Healthcare Professionals UN:

Number of hospitals

7 (2015)

…Public

5 (2015)

…Private

2 (2015)

Number of hospital beds

1391 (2015)

... available beds per capita

26 per 10000 population (2009)

Number of surgical procedures

5,721 (2012)

Physicians

739 (2015)

Dentists

94 (2015)

Demographics

Population

436,620 (July 2016 est)

Life expectancy men/women

Male 74.8 / Female 79.6 (2016 est)

Infant mortality

9.9 / 1,000 live births

Percent of population older than 65

4.54% (2016 est)

Annual deaths

1547 (2015)

...caused by Cancer (Malignant Neoplasms)

312 (2015)

...caused by Heart Diseases (including Acute Rheumatic Fever)

193 (2015)

U.S. Commercial Service Contact Information

 

Name:              Adriana @ Audrey Agusdin

Position:           Commercial Specialist

Email:              BSBCommercial@state.gov

Phone:             +6732-384-616


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