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Indonesia’s national healthcare insurance scheme losing traction

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05-Mar-17 Indonesia’s healthcare insurance scheme is struggling to gain traction. Poor services at public hospitals and the difficulty of accessing care across the vast archipelago are factors, but abuse of the scheme by hospitals and fraud by users are also to blame. The number of people benefiting from the scheme may be less than official figures claim. [image: FT Confidentail Research]

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Philippines' Ayala to build 500-bed hospitals in Manila area

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04-Mar-17 Philippine conglomerate Ayala is planning 500-bed general hospitals in suburbs of Manila, aiming to streamline healthcare services by integrating large facilities with a network of small clinics. QualiMed's first flagship hospital will open no later than 2019. A second large hospital will be added around 2021. QualiMed eventually aims to deploy the hospital-clinic business model in the Visayas and Mindanao. [image: Nikkei Asian Review]

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ANA to offer Japan medical tourism packages

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05-Jan-17 Airline group ANA is getting into the medical tourism trade, looking to make long-term fliers of affluent Chinese and others seeking quality care in Japan. It will offer packages for Chinese travelers, partnering with Kameda Medical Center in Chiba Prefecture. Kameda began offering checkups for Chinese customers in 2010 and now serves around 200 visitors a year. [image: ftnNEWS]

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Experts push for concrete action on obesity in Australia

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02-Mar-17 Calls are mounting in Australia for government action against obesity and poor diets, which experts warn could lead to a public health crisis. In 2014-15, 63% of Australian adults were overweight or obese. The figure for children aged 5-17 years was 27%. Obese or overweight people are more prone to chronic conditions including heart disease, cancer and diabetes. [image: Reuters]

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Vietnam plans to digitize healthcare cards

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08-Feb-17 Vietnam plans to issue electronic health security cards to its citizens verifying their right to medical services. The push to digitize the system is aimed at seamless healthcare delivery and insurance across the country. Electronic healthcare registries in all 63 cities and provinces will be synced together so that insurance plans will have to accept all cardholders. [image: VN Express / Dang Phuong Lan]

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