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Public hospitals prepare for autonomy in Vietnam

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11-Jul-16 Ho Chi Minh City's Department of Health has encouraged public hospitals to begin preparing for full financial and managerial autonomy. Financial autonomy among hospitals is designed to help reduce state expenditures so that funds can be diverted to preventive medicine and targeted community-care programmes. [image: Phương Vy]

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China is catching up fast in medicine

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10-Jul-16 In a medical power shift in Asia, China is catching up fast with Korea and even Japan. Although it is still unclear how much money China spends on medical R&D, the country now makes up 20% of the world's total R&D expenditures, second only after the US (27%), according to the 2016 Science & Engineering Indicators report. [image: Korea Times / Jung Min-ho]

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China may end India's drug trade dominance

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05-Jul-16 India is making steady progress in the export of drugs around the world. India's Commerce & Industry Ministry said "India's pharmaceutical exports continued their lead over China in 2015." However, experts warn this trend will wane if Indian firms continue to depend on Chinese raw materials. [image: Pixabay]

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China healthcare costs forcing patients into crippling debt

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09-Jul-16 As China's medical bills rise steeply, outpacing government insurance provision, patients and their families are increasingly turning to loans to pay for healthcare, adding to the country's growing burden of consumer debt. That is luring big companies like Ping An Insurance as well as small loan firms and P2P platforms, as China's traditional savings culture proves inadequate. [image: Reuters / David Gray]

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Info-sharing, data analytics to tackle disease outbreaks in Singapore

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09-Jul-16 Better sharing of information and use of data will be among the tools that Singapore will use to improve its handling of infectious disease outbreaks. The Ministry of Health will also compile data from different sources and design an IT system that triggers warnings if there are abnormalities, so that investigations can begin promptly. [image: Today]

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