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Bangkok Dusit plans USD370 mn healthcare centre

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30-Sep-16 Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (BDMS), Thailand’s largest hospital operator, plans to spend THB12.8 bn (USD370 mn) to build a luxury healthcare centre to serve rising demand from tourists seeking premium medical services. The clinic will focus on anti-aging, neuroscience and brain health. [image: Customs Today]

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Korean hospital culture undergoing major surgery

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30-Sep-16 The Kim Young-ran Act, which came into force on 28-Sep-16, bans receiving gifts worth more than a certain amount, and complying with unfair requests. The law is also expected to change 'rebate culture,' which harms fair competition in Korea's pharmaceutical industry. For a long time, the culture was pervasive. [image: Business Korea]

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China ophthalmology worth USD3.6 bn amid strong burst of growth

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Rising diagnosis rates, government initiatives, social trends and diabetes are contributing to a strong burst of growth in the ophthalmology market in Asia. Rising numbers of affluent patients, national health insurance and the emerging middle classes are fuelling spending, including a USD3.6 bn market in China, where M&A in the sector is picking up rapidly. [Image: Embassy of PRC]

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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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