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High medical costs force many Australians to skip treatment

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05-Aug-16 New research shows one in four chronically ill Australians is skipping healthcare because of high costs. James Cook University said the situation was significantly worse in Australia than in Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany. The study found that more than one-third of people with asthma, emphysema and COPD could not afford the treatment they needed. [image: ABC North Queensland / Nathalie Fernbach]

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China's family doctor system to provide cover by 2020

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05-Aug-16 The latest reform of China's health system will see patients sign contracts with physicians for basic medical needs. According to the State Council, pregnant women, the elderly, children and those with chronic diseases are the prime targets of the new system. The initiative is intended to make services more accessible to the public and reduce overall medical costs. [image: China Daily]

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AXA first insurer in Asia to introduce live doctor consultations

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04-Aug-16 AXA Singapore has launched a health app that provides users with access to medical advice from GPs via live chat or secure “face-to-face” video call. This is the first time an insurer is offering such a service in Asia. The mobile app will also allow customers to manage their healthcare experience by submitting and tracking their health claims online. [image: AXA]

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Japan to invest USD3 mn in Cambodia hospital

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04-Aug-16 A Japanese investor has committed USD3 mn to construct a hospital in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The Angkor Kyosei Hospital will provide the first ever international care services to tourists visiting the province, focusing on general illness. It will be operated by Cambodian doctors who have been trained in Japan, Thailand and Korea. They will also train Cambodian doctors. [image: Siv Meng]

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Increasing numbers for My Health Record in Australia

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03-Aug-16 The number of people in Australia with a 'My Health Record' has now surpassed four million, or 17% of Australians. Minister for Health Sussan Ley said that every day, one in five GPs see a patient for whom they have little or no information. With My Health Record, they will increasingly have access to basic information about a patient. [image: Technology Decisions]

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