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Indonesia to boost skills of primary care physicians

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19-Nov-15 In a bid to upgrade the quality of medical staff in primary healthcare, the Indonesian government and 18 universities will begin providing specialized education to medical students and practitioners in 2016. There are 107,000 primary care physicians at present, with the government estimating it needs 40,000 to undergo training and education. [image: Indoboom]

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Thermo Fisher Scientific opens GMP facility in Singapore

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19-Nov-15 Thermo Fisher Scientific has announced the opening of a new GMP facility in Singapore. The new site is intended to meet growing demand for clinical supply services in the region. It will provide pharma and biotech companies with a one-stop service for clinical supplies – including GMP storage, labelling, packaging, comparator sourcing, handling, distribution and returns management. [image: Thermo Fisher Scientific]

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The new wave in Chinese medical tourism

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13-Oct-15 As China's growing 40+ population suffers increasingly from lifestyle diseases such as cardiac problems and cancer, many of the wealthy among them will seek treatment in the US or Europe. And many more will spend some of their new found wealth on plastic surgery, dentistry or wellness programs in Korea or Southeast Asia. Chinese medical tourists spent USD10 bn in 2014, only 2.3% of the global total, suggesting that there is a huge potential for further growth in the market. What can hospitals and governments do to tap into this opportunity? [image: Travel Daily News]

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Malaysia reaches out to GCC health tourists with halal treatment

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18-Nov-15 According to the Malaysian Healthcare Travel Council, Malaysia attracted 880,000 medical tourists in 2014 and wants to boost these numbers by 10% in 2015 and eventually cross the 1 mn mark by 2016. The MHTC is now focusing more intensely on “halal health treatments” to entice medical travellers from Muslim countries, such as those in the Gulf Cooperation Council. [image: Global Health and Travel]

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