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Malaysian healthcare growth driven by demographics

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05-Jul-16 Malaysian inpatient admissions appear finally to have turned around in the first quarter of 2016 after three consecutive quarters of decline, with IHH Healthcare Bhd up 10% year-on-year and KPJ Healthcare Bhd up 4%. The turnaround suggests that the drag on healthcare business volume from the implementation of the goods and services tax has finally worn off. [image: Bloomberg / Affin Hwang forecasts]

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Report outlines reforms for China's pharmaceutical system

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07-Jul-16 China’s pharmaceutical system will struggle to cope with a rapidly aging population and increases in non-communicable diseases says a report by LSE Health and the State Council. The report identifies market fragmentation as a major challenge, with the top five manufacturers holding <15% market share, and finds R&D accounts for only 2% of sales, compared with 14-18% for MNC pharma companies. [image: LSE]

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61% in India prefer buying drugs online

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07-Jul-16 Around 61% of people prefer to buy medicines online, a survey in India has showed, highlighting a major change in consumer trends, even as the battle between offline and online chemists has intensified. Over 800,000 chemists recently threatened to go on indefinite strike if the government failed to regulate online sales. [image: Tetra Images / Getty Images]

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Private hospitals in Vietnam struggling to find patients

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06-Jul-16 There are many new private hospitals up and running in HCMC but a majority of them are grappling with lower-than-expected patient visit rates although their equipment is modern, according to the HCMC Department of Health. This is a paradox, as public hospitals have long been overwhelmed by increasingly large numbers of patient visits. [image: VNA/VNS The Anh]

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