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Growing pains of Malaysia's high healthcare costs

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29-Aug-16 Healthcare costs in Malaysia have crept up as much as 15% annually over the past three years. The depreciation of the Ringgit is partly to blame for the increasingly expensive medical bills. Longer queues in public hospitals, while the number of patients at private hospitals has dropped 20%, expose the structural problem of the healthcare system. [image: The Edge Markets / Malaysia Health Ministry / World Bank]

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Pilot program brings health care home in China

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27-Aug-16 Chongqing in Southwest China began piloting the family doctor program in 2012, under which community doctors sign contracts with residents and provide with them medical services, including health management, disease prevention and regular physical examinations at home. 200 Chinese cities will introduce such services in 2016. By 2020, China is planning to extend family doctor services to the entire population. [image: Shanghai Daily / CFP]

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Korea's KT unveils healthcare wrist band

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26-Aug-16 Korea's KT is focusing on three large healthcare areas – bioinformatics, disease diagnosis solutions, and customized personal healthcare services based on wearable devices. NeoFit, to launch in Sep-16, is a smart healthcare wrist band which can analyze workout rates by body part, allowing the device to gather massive datasets and offer customized healthcare services. [image: Business Korea]

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Columbia launches diabetes care program in India

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26-Aug-16 Columbia Asia Hospitals has announced the launch of its 'Columbia Diabetes Care Program'. This is the first multi-specialty hospital in house diabetes management program. It will aid patients with prevention and treatment options for diabetes and related issues such as diabetic retinopathy and renal failure, and includes a mobile app to track data from a 'smart' glucometer. [image: Columbia Asia]

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