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China’s outbound medical tourism spurs global property investment

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11-Oct-16 Chinese tourists spent USD215 bn overseas in 2015 – including USD10 bn on medical tourism. Chinese are the world’s biggest spenders when travelling, and their splurging has extended towards health and wellness. The factors boosting medical tourism are propelling international property investment as many will be staying in their destination for a longer period of time or be recurring visitors. [image: Juwai]

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Macao 'to be' traditional Chinese medicine hub

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11-Oct-16 Macao in southern China - renowned as Asia's 'Las Vegas' - has tabled plans to become a hub to make traditional Chinese medicine more standardized and scientific, and to further develop it to enable it to be sold around the world. [image: Xinhua]

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How China's biggest search engine aims to fix a huge crisis in healthcare

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11-Oct-16 Baidu - China's biggest search engine - has introduced an artificial intelligence-powered chatbot to connect with patients and suggest diagnoses to doctors. The bot is designed to be the first port of call for a person feeling sick. A patient poses a health query to 'Melody', which responds with further questions, and compares responses with Baidu's database. [image: VCG / Getty Images]

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University of Hong Kong medical school to revamp training programme

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11-Oct-16 Hong Kong’s most prominent medical school will revamp its training programme for medical students to give them more comprehensive training not only in public wards, but also for the first time in a new private teaching hospital and a related facility in Shenzhen. [image: South China Morning Post]

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Private sector to improve Myanmar's health outcomes

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10-Oct-16 As state spending on health continues to increase - in the 2015-16 fiscal year it increased 7% - demand for private and specialist services are also expected to increase as the middle class grows. With this comes an opportunity for the private sector to work with the public sector, NGOs and the government to improve the situation across the country. [image: Aye Zaw Myo / World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND]

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