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China healthcare costs forcing patients into crippling debt

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09-Jul-16 As China's medical bills rise steeply, outpacing government insurance provision, patients and their families are increasingly turning to loans to pay for healthcare, adding to the country's growing burden of consumer debt. That is luring big companies like Ping An Insurance as well as small loan firms and P2P platforms, as China's traditional savings culture proves inadequate. [image: Reuters / David Gray]

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Info-sharing, data analytics to tackle disease outbreaks in Singapore

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09-Jul-16 Better sharing of information and use of data will be among the tools that Singapore will use to improve its handling of infectious disease outbreaks. The Ministry of Health will also compile data from different sources and design an IT system that triggers warnings if there are abnormalities, so that investigations can begin promptly. [image: Today]

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Malaysian healthcare growth driven by demographics

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05-Jul-16 Malaysian inpatient admissions appear finally to have turned around in the first quarter of 2016 after three consecutive quarters of decline, with IHH Healthcare Bhd up 10% year-on-year and KPJ Healthcare Bhd up 4%. The turnaround suggests that the drag on healthcare business volume from the implementation of the goods and services tax has finally worn off. [image: Bloomberg / Affin Hwang forecasts]

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Report outlines reforms for China's pharmaceutical system

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07-Jul-16 China’s pharmaceutical system will struggle to cope with a rapidly aging population and increases in non-communicable diseases says a report by LSE Health and the State Council. The report identifies market fragmentation as a major challenge, with the top five manufacturers holding <15% market share, and finds R&D accounts for only 2% of sales, compared with 14-18% for MNC pharma companies. [image: LSE]

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61% in India prefer buying drugs online

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07-Jul-16 Around 61% of people prefer to buy medicines online, a survey in India has showed, highlighting a major change in consumer trends, even as the battle between offline and online chemists has intensified. Over 800,000 chemists recently threatened to go on indefinite strike if the government failed to regulate online sales. [image: Tetra Images / Getty Images]

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