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Hong Kong to launch training to cut medical blunders

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20-Jun-16 Initiatives to reduce medical blunders in public hospitals are in the pipeline as Hong Kong's Hospital Authority identified some 30 types of mistakes most commonly made. Chairman Professor John Leong Chi-yan said regular forums would be organised for junior doctors, targeting tools left inside patients’ bodies, the wrong dose of medicine, and operations on the wrong side of a patient. [image: South China Morning Post]

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Taiwan mulls mechanism to phase out transplant hospitals

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17-Jun-16 Taiwan's government is considering a mechanism to phase out some of the 26 organ transplantation hospitals in the country. The mechanism includes a system that red flags transplantation hospitals that conduct few transplants over four years. A red-flagged hospital would be put under review by a panel of experts and could lose its status as a transplantation facility. [image: Huffington Post / Getty Images]

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Healthcare insufficient for elderly in Vietnam

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15-Jun-16 The Director of the National Hospital of Geriatrics in Vietnam says there are about 10 million senior citizens aged 60 and up, accounting for over 10% of the population. He added that healthcare facilities for aging people fail to meet the demand, particularly as the number of senior citizens is expected to increase to about 21 million by 2035. [image: VietnamNet Bridge]

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ACE Medical Center: Innovative, affordable healthcare for Filipinos

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13-Jun-16 An air ambulance service and state-of-the art hospital facilities in provinces are some of the services Allied Care Experts Medical Center will be introducing in the Philippines. “At present, big hospitals and Health Maintenance Organizations are all located in Manila. Patients in the provinces have to travel, even fly to Manila,” Dr Amado Enriquez, chairman of ACE Medical Center said. [image: Philstar]

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Singapore’s medical inflation rate spells disaster

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13-Jun-16 In 2012, SGD4.7 billion was spent on healthcare in Singapore. Fast-forward to 2016, spending on healthcare is budgeted at SGD11 billion. Singapore’s medical spending growth is five times more than the general inflation rate. This is a worrying statistic. The financial burden on both the individual and family will be immense. [image: Aon Hewitt / Yahoo!]

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