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US delay in targeting Chinese patients

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29-Sep-16 Plans to turn an unused shoe factory in the US city of Auburn, Maine, into a medical tourism centre for Chinese patients are faltering. Chinese investment company Miracle Enterprise plans a 200-room recovery centre for wealthy Chinese seeking medical care at the Central Maine Medical Center. Miracle Enterprise needs to find USD40 mn, but is struggling to attract investors. [image: IMTJ]

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Philippines seeks bigger share in global medical-tourism market

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29-Sep-16 The Philippines is poised to take advantage of the global medical tourism market, positioning itself as a provider of excellent and affordable hospital care. The country’s advantages include modern facilities, fluency in English, good infrastructure, proximity to Asia’s major cities, “and the ability of a caring local community to help in total healing in body, mind and spirit.” [image: Department of Tourism, Philippines]

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China’s USD5 bn healthcare deal spree

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29-Sep-16 Chinese companies have announced more than USD5.2 bn of overseas healthcare acquisitions in 2016, a 15-fold jump from 2012. "Even though China’s pharmaceutical industry is still in the middle of consolidation and price wars, we hope to escape from this and do more work in terms of innovation and internationalization," said Shao Yan, CEO of China Grand Pharma. [image: China Grand Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Holdings Ltd]

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Moves to fuse TCM with Western medicine gaining traction

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28-Sep-16 With the active ingredients in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) now far better understood than ever before, a new range of hybrid TCM/Western treatments are wooing even the most cynical with their efficacy and lack of side-effects. Advances in research and development have enabled companies to integrate many of TCM's treatments and protocols with the latest technology and medical understanding. [image: HKTDC Research]

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AIA Korea, SK C&C to develop digital health and wellness platform

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28-Sep-16 AIA Korea and SK Holdings have announced an MOU to develop Korea’s leading customer centric integrated digital health and wellness ecosystem. The companies aim to help motivate customers change and adopt a healthier lifestyle to reduce major chronic illnesses stemming from smoking, drinking, poor diet and lack of physical exercise. [image: Business Korea]

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