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Thailand seeks new medical tourism markets in Asia

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11-Jan-17 Under pressure Thailand is seeking new markets and promoting health checks. Thailand is under pressure from competition and weaker economies in key source regions - Russia and Middle East. The government is beginning to move promotional efforts to newer markets of China and Indochina. [image: IMTJ]

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Australians are ready for AI assisted healthcare

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10-Jan-17 Over 80 per cent of Australians are comfortable with AI being used to diagnose common medical problems and interpret test results. However, people also acknowledge some of the limitations of AI technology and identified privacy concerns over patient records and medical confidentiality and the lack of human intuition as issues. [image: i-stock / Which-50]

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UK organisations sign new deals in China

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22-Dec-16 British organisations have signed deals worth more than GBP250 mn (USD308 mn) during the largest ever healthcare trade mission to China. 30 UK organisations participated in the largest ever healthcare mission to China. International Hospitals Group and China’s Dalian Wanda signed a 20 year JV to operate the first of Wanda’s hospitals, Qingdao Wanda IHG International Hospital. [image: GOV.UK]

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Venezuelans are fleeing to Brazil for medical care

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31-Dec-16 As throngs of Venezuelans trek to Brazil in search of food and medicine, hospitals along Brazil’s northern border are struggling to pick up the pieces of Venezuela’s failing healthcare system. An economic crisis and hyperinflation have cleaned Venezuelan hospitals of supplies. Desperate for care and often undocumented, patients are overwhelming Brazilian emergency rooms as they turn up by the thousands. [image: Marina Lopes / The Washington Post]

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China's Ctrip medical tourism grows by 500 percent in 2016

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30-Dec-16 According to China’s leading online travel marketplace, Ctrip, Chinese medical tourism grew to reach 500,000 outbound trips in 2016, and Ctrip's medical tourism business grew by 500%, having been launched in Sep 2015. Health checks made up over 50% of Chinese medical tourism trips in 2016. Among Ctrip’s customers, Japan was the most popular destination followed by Korea. [image: Shutterstock / Jing Daily]

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