Healthcare Resource Guide: Brunei Darussalam

 

Brunei Statistics


Summary
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: 422,678 (2016)

GDP: USD$11.4 billion (2016)

Currency: Brunei Dollars (BND)

Language: Malay (official), English, Chinese Dialects

Summary                         

Brunei has a small but growing medical industry. The country’s Ministry of Health provides free healthcare 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, specifically in Singapore and Thailand. 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 long-term growth sector. For the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the Ministry of Health received a budget of US $257 million (7% increase from the previous fiscal year), including US$628,000 for development expenditure which includes the establishment of the new National Tuberculosis Reference and Virology Services laboratories.                                          

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. The Ministry of Health requires all tender applicants to have a valid business license and be registered at the Ministry of Health or Ministry of Development. Prospective suppliers of medicines and drugs must possess a valid Poison License as stated in the Brunei ‘Poison Act’ (Cap. 114).

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 several 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 also outlines 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:

  • The Supply And Delivery Of Medicines For The Department Of Pharmaceutical Services
  • Supply And Delivery Of Medical Items For Central Sterile Services Department (CSSD)
  • Supply And Delivery Of Laboratory Test Kits For Clinical Chemistry Laboratory

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 information at this link.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for the Ministry of Health available at this 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)

933 per capita (B$, 2015)

... as percent of GDP

1.77%

Hospitals, Procedures, Healthcare Professionals UN:

Number of hospitals

7 (2016)

…Public

5 (2016)

…Private

2 (2016)

Number of hospital beds

1165 (2016-public)

... available beds per capita

27 per 10000 population (2015)

Number of surgical procedures

11,593 (2016-public)

Physicians

675 (2016 - public)

Dentists

85 (2016 – public)

Demographics

Population

422,678 (2016)

Life expectancy men/women

Male 76.7 / Female 78.1 (2016 - provisional)

Infant mortality

8.2 / 1,000 live births (2016)

Percent of population older than 65

6 % (2016)

Annual deaths

1632 (2016)

...caused by Cancer (Malignant Neoplasms)

365 (2016)

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

211 (2016)

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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