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Beauty, medical tourism pushed for HK future

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01-Nov-16 Hong Kong should develop medical and beauty tourism to meet rising demand for high-value services from the mainland, a think tank has suggested. The report pointed to the growth in urban population and household income in the mainland. And Hong Kong should seize the opportunity to provide medical and beauty tourism, cruise tourism, and meetings, incentives, conferencing and exhibition tourism. [image: Ken Cheng / South China Morning Post]

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Korean government telemedicine initiative faces opposition in medical circles

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01-Nov-16 The Korean government has spearheaded telemedicine since 2014, an initiative that faced resistance from opposition parties and medical circles, who worry about a lack of effectiveness and safety, and patients potentially flocking to larger institutions, leading to the demise of smaller clinics. Only 150 of 680 eligible senior nursing facilities have applied for the pilot project. [image: KobizMedia / Korea Bizwire]

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USCIPP promotes US healthcare overseas

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27-Sep-16 The US Cooperative for International Patient Programs (USCIPP) has partnered with Health Brand Group to promote USA healthcare services in the international markets of China, Hong Kong, and Brazil. The message is of quality of treatment and care, not saving money. The target is 30% overall growth in patients by 2018. [image: IMTJ]

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Ramsay eyes China partnerships

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31-Oct-16 Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare, having earlier this year cancelled a partnership deal with Jinxin Healthcare in Chengdu, now wants to partner other hospital chains in China. "We can borrow up to RM2 bn (USD449 mn) for new partnerships, including the hospital chains in China. We are initiating due diligence soon," said group CEO Bronte Kumm. [image: Sairien Nafis]

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China’s cancer hotels

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31-Oct-16 Chinese cancer patients who cannot afford a hospital bed live in refugee camp-like hotels, awaiting treatment unavailable in their local hospitals. Some of them spend months hoping to be seen by a reputable doctor. "Good doctors don’t want to work in small places," explained a man who cares for his wife in one of Beijing’s cancer hotels. [image: flickr @Jacksoncam / Asean Today]

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