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Japan’s medical tourism reach expands

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15-Dec-16 A number of changes that are afoot in Japan as the country seeks to enhance its medical tourism footprint by helping patients further afield. The government announced a push towards medical commercialisation in 2010, and this prompted Japanese companies and hospitals to open 19 medical services in 13 countries since then. [image: Aizawa Healthcare International Ltd]

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Rich Chinese medical tourists next target for Thailand

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06-Dec-16 With promotion and publicity focused on China, Thailand has strong potential to lure very-rich Chinese. Singapore has the edge over Thailand by way of its Mandarin-speaking skills. Some 483,000 people travelled from China for medical tourism in 2015. They spent USD6.3 bn on treatment and USD3.4 bn on travel and accommodation, making outbound Chinese medical tourism a USD9.7 bn business. [image: Bangkok Post]

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Asia’s population is ageing fast; here’s what we can learn

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09-Dec-16 Globally, the number of older persons is forecast to exceed 2 bn by 2050, by when nearly two-thirds will be living in Asia-Pacific, and one in four people across the region will be over 60. More than 20 countries in Asia-Pacific have adopted national policies to deal with ageing, but many others have yet to do so. And implementation must be strengthened. [image: Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat 2008 revision]

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