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Queensland sees increase in outpatient telehealth

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10-Sep-15 Queensland has seen a 42% increase in outpatient telehealth services in the 2015 financial year, while inpatient consultations doubled off a low base. Oncology consultations led outpatient services provided, while geriatric and general medical/surgical consultations saw the most growth for inpatient telehealth. Queensland has over 3,000 systems in over 200 hospitals and clinics. [image: Pulse + IT]

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Shanghai poised for boom in medical tourism

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09-Oct-15 The Shanghai Medical Tourism Products & Promotions Platform is positioning the city for a mega-boom in medical tourism among mainlanders and foreigners alike, most notably in surgery, cosmetic procedures, TCM, dentistry and stem cell research. Shanghai may not have any beaches, but as its state-of-the-art public and private hospitals will soon become a major hub for health tourism. [image: Formosa Travel]

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Taiwan seniors' healthcare costs 3 x average

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08-Oct-15 The average amount spent on medical expenses in Taiwan for people aged 65+ was nearly three times the national average in 2014. People aged 51-64 had average medical expenses of NT$36,274 (USD1,100), compared with NT$7,069 (USD214) for people aged 7-18. The figures are based on the amount spent to reimburse medical institutions under the country's universal health insurance program. [image: Want China Times]

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China to spend USD1.5b on hospital reform in 2016

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08-Oct-15 China will spend RMB9.8 bn (USD1.54 bn) to subsidise public hospital reform in 2016, the Ministry of Finance said. China's healthcare reform drive is facing a number of obstacles, including a perceived lack of support from central government and challenges of private firms working within the huge, fragmented public sector. [image: AFP / Ed Jones]

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