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The China FTA a tonic for Australia's healthcare operators

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17-Jul-15 The China-Australia free trade agreement has opened doors to Australian healthcare providers. However, taking advantage of the opportunities requires careful planning. It is important to get advice about regulations on health and aged care. There are potential benefits in partnering with a Chinese company. It is also imperative to seek advice on investment structure. Tax is another significant consideration. [image: ABC]

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Hong Kong hospitals get USD150m booster

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17-Jul-15 Hong Kong's government will pump HK$1.17 bn (USD150 mn) into the Hospital Authority in the next three years to implement proposals aimed at shortening waiting times and improving funding allocation to three hospital clusters. [image: The Standard]

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39 more drugs come under price control in India

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17-Jul-15 India has extended price controls to 39 more drugs used to treat diseases such as diabetes, infections, digestive disorders and pain among others, in an effort to make them affordable. Prices are being reduced by 5-40% and they join 652 medicines already under price control. [image: The Hindu]

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mHealth information for all: a global challenge

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15-Jul-15 A survey of 1,700 mHealth projects shows that none provide actionable, offline guidance for the user addressing acute situations in low-resource settings. The opportunity for mHealth is constrained by three challenges: Lack of smartphones; shortage of appropriate content; and getting content onto devices. Collaboration between content providers, phone manufacturers, network operators, application developers and international health organisations is needed. [image: United Nations Foundation]

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Bigger may not be better for China's "super hospitals"

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15-Jul-15 China now has 16 public hospitals with more than 3,000 beds and this has policymakers worried. Hospital building reflects a lack of public confidence in rural healthcare, and may not lead to cost-effective care. As China reduces the drug mark-ups hospitals have relied on for years, many see expansion as a way to raise revenues. [image: The Straits Times]

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