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Singapore sees a rise in foreign doctors

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23-Nov-15 More than a quarter of the doctors in Singapore's public healthcare sector are foreigners. At the end of 2014 public hospitals and polyclinics had more than 2,100 foreign doctors and the number continues to grow as Singapore faces a shortage of trained medical staff. Most are primary care doctors, with only 477 foreign specialists. [image: ST / Yeo Kai Wen]

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Vietnam's hospital fees to rise steeply in 2016

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23-Nov-15 Vietnam's will increase public hospital fees in early 2016, instead of Dec-15, Nguyen Nam Lien, the Ministry of Health has said. With this fee increase, patients will pay two to four times more than when using healthcare services at state-owned hospitals. Currently 73% of the population is covered by health insurance, which means 25 mn people are self-paying. [image: Dantri]

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Desperation, money drive Chinese patients abroad

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20-Nov-15 With growing numbers of Chinese celebrities such as Olympic athlete Liu Xiang seeking treatment abroad, more people in China are realizing they can also seek medical care overseas. The five-year cancer survival rate is 30%, half that of patients in the US. Besides lower standards of care, complaints about Chinese hospitals include long waiting times, lengthy diagnoses and impatient doctors. [image: MetroCebu News]

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