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MPIC to build largest private hospital in Philippines

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31-Mar-15 The healthcare unit of infrastructure giant Metro Pacific Investments Corp (MPIC) is set to build the Philippines' largest private hospital in the Zamboanga Peninsula. MPIC said it has signed a long term lease agreement with Western Mindanao Medical Center, a hospital with a 25-year history of service in Zamboanga. [image: The Philippine Star]

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New GST to cause 20% of patients in Malaysia to shift to public hospitals

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31-Mar-15 One out of five patients in Malaysia's private hospitals is expected to turn to the overburdened public healthcare system after a new Goods & Services Tax (GST) is implemented on 1-Apr-15. The Malaysian Medical Association stressed that the shift is expected to be a temporary one lasting three to four months, pending medical insurance top-ups. [image: Saw Siow Feng / Malay Mail Online]

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China's Great Leap Forward in digital medicine

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30-Mar-15 It may be in China that the digital innovations which will eventually transform healthcare everywhere will first take hold. The country’s Internet companies see a huge opportunity. Alibaba Health has launched an app that lets users find nearby pharmacies. Tencent has a doctor appointment system using WeChat and WePay. Beijing’s government is using Baidu’s 'health cloud' service. [image: Bloomberg View]

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Pakistan introduces new Medical Devices Rules

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29-Mar-15 The Drugs Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has notified the Medical Devices Rules 2015, bringing medical devices under comprehensive regulatory control for the first time in Pakistan. The country now claims to be ahead of its neighbours such as India and Bangladesh with respect to regulations specific to medical devices. [image: Fahrenheit211]

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