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Asia growth spurs Carl Zeiss Meditec

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15-Aug-16 Carl Zeiss Meditec has posted an increase in quarterly sales, thanks largely to strong demand for its optics-based medical equipment in the Asia-Pacific region. CEO Ludwin Monz attributed the solid results to recent innovations that have had a positive impact in Asia. Zeiss Meditec’s sales in the Asia-Pacific region are up 17% in the first three quarters. [image: Carl Zeiss]

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Australia's SkyGen, CosMediTour offer cheap surgery in Asia

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02-Sep-16 Creating an avenue for Australians who feel “kind of stuck”, medical tourism agencies in Australia such as SkyGen and CosMediTour offer to help people find orthopedic, cosmetic and spinal surgery overseas. Every health stakeholder is worried about rising costs at home. But the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons warns of paperwork, unidentified implants, fragmentation of care and misleading advertising. [image: Lyndon Mechieslen]

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Telemedicine pilot program kicks off for disabled in Korea

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01-Sep-16 A pilot program connecting doctors with disabled patients through the use of information and telecommunications technology has kicked off in Korea. The program will involve the patients, including those in welfare and other facilities, and two hospitals. The program, however, faces strong opposition from the medical industry. [image: The Korea Herald]

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Philippines wants to narrow doctor patient gap

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01-Sep-16 The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) has expressed interest in emulating the ratio of doctor/healthworkers to population in Cuba. DOH Secretary Dr Ubial said it would be a big help if the Philippines could achieve the ratio of 1:1,075, or even 1:12,000. At present the ratio is 1:33,000. [image: Kaya Responsible Travel]

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Brazil to dismantle universal healthcare system

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31-Aug-16 The Brazilian economic crisis could see universal healthcare replaced by US-style compulsory health insurance. The Government has new plans for healthcare as part of plans to slash expenditure. The proposed cuts could have a catastrophic effect both for the 19 mn Brazilians living under USD3.10 per day and for the rapidly expanding middle class who rely on public healthcare. [image: IMTJ]

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