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Kicking the foreign drug habit in Myanmar

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10-Oct-15 Myanmar is trying to kick its foreign drug habit: In recent years the government has offered incentives to seven private distributors to try their hand at manufacturing domestically. All other pharmaceutical products – between 80 percent and 90 percent – are imported. [image: Ann Wang / Frontier Myanmar]

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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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Portea Medical augments India's home healthcare market

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08-Oct-15 Increasing chronic lifestyle diseases in India and the need to access healthcare at home has enabled Portea Medical, a home healthcare start-up, to establish a presence across 24 cities in India and four cities in Malaysia. Nearly 3,000 staff handle 60,000 visits per month, making Portea the largest player in the sector. [image: ehealth]

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