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The hidden potential of Latin America’s hospitals

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18-May-15 Latin America is home to over 16,000 hospitals. Brazil has over 40% of the region’s establishments and has more institutions than the US. Meanwhile, Mexico is the world’s 7th largest hospital market with over 3,900 hospitals, 60% of which are private. [Image: Global Health Intelligence]

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Ramsay Health Care in Western China hospital joint venture

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16-May-15 Ramsay Health Care will enter the Western China market through its partnership company Ramsay Sime Darby Health Care, which has signed a JV with hospital operator Chengdu Jinxin Healthcare Investment Management Group Ltd. The JV's five hospitals with about 2,300 beds will focus on women’s health, mental health and TCM. [image: Ramsay Sime Darby]

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Thailand will curb medicine prices to rein in healthcare costs

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16-May-15 The Thai government is looking at reining in skyrocketing healthcare costs at private hospitals by controlling the price of medicines and hospital services. Private hospitals will also be required to post the price of drugs and services on their websites and other channels so patients are informed in advance before commencing treatment. [image: The Nation]

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India okays plan to monitor medical device safety

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16-May-15 After several horrific cases of malfunctioning medical devices, India's health ministry has approved a materio vigilance program in an effort to ensure safety. Despite being a USD3.1 bn market, India has no system for registering adverse events or tracking safety records. The proposed plan envisages a nation-wide programme involving district hospitals, medical colleges and corporate hospitals. [image: Health Technology]

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Australia to boost its engagement in China's health sector

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15-May-15 Australia is seeking closer business ties with China in areas such as medical devices, aged care, health information technology, clinical trials, hospital management, pharmaceuticals and health foods. But Australian companies will need to prepare themselves for strong competition as the Chinese government pushes hospitals to use more domestically made medical devices. [image: The Conversation_Lukas Coch / AAP]

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