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think: act STUDY "Social Systems"


As part of the GLOBAL TOPICS initiative, Roland Berger has released an international comparison of social systems in France and Belgium, China, Russia and the US in six categories, including the level of social expenditure, healthcare costs and pensions.

The result: mature economies spend a third of their GDP on social systems – but to successfully transform social systems, mature economies need to cut costs, fight the increasing burden of NCDs and increase the worker-to-pensioner ratio. In emerging economies such as China and Russia, average expenditure on social systems is still very low (5-12%) and perceived fraud and corruption, quality of care and coverage gaps are issues to be tackled.

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