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Public health services manpower to be boosted in Macau

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14-May-15 Macau's public healthcare sector expects to recruit 2,640 additional health professionals in the next five years. According to the head of Health Bureau, Lei Chin Ion, the expansion is timed with the introduction of the city’s second public hospital, slated for operation by 2020, along with several other upcoming health centers. [image: Macau Daily Times]

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India's Wockhardt charts growth plan

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14-May-15 India's Wockhardt Hospitals, part of the Habil Khorakiwala-promoted Wockhardt Group, has chalked out an expansion plan, looking at adding two hospitals every year, particularly in tier-I and tier-II cities. In 2014, the firm opened a 350-bed hospital in south Mumbai, its first in four years. [image: Mint]

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Plan to scrap drug mark-up in China's county hospitals may impact quality

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13-May-15 China's State Council has published a plan to overhaul thousands of public county hospitals nationwide. A key reform is barring a 15% drug mark-up, which some say causes over-prescription of expensive imported drugs. An economist at the University of International Business & Economics in Beijing said hospitals will now have to raise prices on other services or lower quality levels. [image: Caixin Online]

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Pfizer's foray into Laos healthcare market

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13-May-15 In a bid to expand further into Southeast Asia, Pfizer has struck an agreement on the Laos market with distributor DKSH. Under the deal, DKSH will be the sole market expansion services provider for Pfizer's entire range of pharmaceutical products in Laos. The agreement is an extension of a successful collaboration that also includes Cambodia and Thailand. [image: Bio Spectrum]

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Taiwan's healthcare success story

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13-May-15 Taiwan's National Health Insurance (NHI) system is renowned for providing easy access to high-quality medical services. Over 99% of the population is enrolled in the single-payer NHI, and 93% of healthcare providers participate. The success of the system was not achieved overnight - development has been ongoing since 1995, and key success factors include special financing and adoption of technology. [image: Wikimedia Commons / Solomon203]

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