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China targets ‘excessive’ prescriptions and tests

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22-Jun-16 Public hospitals in China are facing tougher scrutiny over prescriptions and tests as Beijing tries to find ways to cut costs and keep spending growth below 10%. A directive by the NHFPC aimed at controlling spending calls on its provincial and municipal branches to convey budget goals to public hospitals and establish a system for overseeing health care expenses. [image: South China Morning Post]

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Hospitals fail to gain effective IT access in Vietnam

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21-Jun-16 Most hospitals in Vietnam have failed to access information technology effectively as they don’t have appropriate software to satisfy their demands. Information technology is mainly applied at provincial and central level hospitals, resulting in independent databases, inopportune software upgrades and mistakes in handling health insurance payments. [image: Vietnam +]

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Hong Kong to launch training to cut medical blunders

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20-Jun-16 Initiatives to reduce medical blunders in public hospitals are in the pipeline as Hong Kong's Hospital Authority identified some 30 types of mistakes most commonly made. Chairman Professor John Leong Chi-yan said regular forums would be organised for junior doctors, targeting tools left inside patients’ bodies, the wrong dose of medicine, and operations on the wrong side of a patient. [image: South China Morning Post]

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Taiwan mulls mechanism to phase out transplant hospitals

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17-Jun-16 Taiwan's government is considering a mechanism to phase out some of the 26 organ transplantation hospitals in the country. The mechanism includes a system that red flags transplantation hospitals that conduct few transplants over four years. A red-flagged hospital would be put under review by a panel of experts and could lose its status as a transplantation facility. [image: Huffington Post / Getty Images]

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