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HCMC hospitals face more competition as funding falls

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02-Mar-16 Public health facilities in Ho Chi Minh City will be under pressure to improve quality of services as they no longer receive city funds for most regular expenditures. On 1-Mar-16 fees rose by 30-50% nationwide at all public hospitals, as scheduled by the Ministry of Health. The city's hospitals will now have to rely mostly on revenue from patients. [image: Duong Ngoc]

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Ramsay abandons hospital JV in China

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02-Mar-16 Australia's Ramsay Health Care has scrapped its proposed hospital joint venture in western China because several conditions weren't met. In total, the JV was expected to cover five hospitals with approximately 2,300 beds and a focus on women's health, mental health, and traditional Chinese medicine. [image: Ramsay Health Care]

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Chinese scientists give next-gen wearables a boost

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01-Mar-16 Chinese scientists have built an “invisible” circuit in a layer of material used to make contact lenses for the first time, a technological breakthrough that could spur the development of new wearable devices. The circuits could be placed on the skin, to sense pressure, temperature and even stretch, thus helping people with prosthetic limbs restore their sense of touch. [image: YouTube]

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Chinese medical giant in deal with bank to explore health industry

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29-Feb-16 An agreement worth RMB10 bn (USD1.5 bn) has been signed between WuXi AppTec and Ping An Bank jointly to explore the health industry. According to the deal, Ping An will provide a credit line for WuXi AppTec to promote the pharmaceutical platform company's development in the domestic market. [image: Chinatopix / Getty Images]

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Malaysian Health Ministry may extend moratorium on new medical programmes

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29-Feb-16 Malaysia's Ministry of Health is looking to extend the five year moratorium imposed by the government in 2011 on new medical programmes in the country. There were the 46,916 registered doctors in 2014, with a doctor to population ratio of 1:633, which the government plans to bring down to 1:400 by 2020. [image: Edubeanz]

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