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USD6 bn allocated for healthcare boost in Malaysia

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21-Oct-16 A total MYR25 bn (USD6 bn) has been allocated by the Malaysian government in the 2017 Budget to boost the health of the people and the quality of healthcare in the country. The allocation is for numerous programmes, including building and upgrading of new hospitals and clinics in Perlis, Kuching, Mukah, Jempol, Muar and Johor Bahru. [image: Saw Siow Feng]

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30,000 more healthcare workers needed in Singapore by 2020

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20-Oct-16 Singapore's Health Ministry has launched a manpower plan to attract more Singaporeans to take up careers in the healthcare industry. The Ministry estimates that 30,000 more healthcare workers would be needed by 2020 to meet the demands of an ageing population. More doctors are also being trained, with a 30 percent increase in family medicine trainees expected by 2019. [image: Sherlyn Goh / Channel News Asia]

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The CareVoice and AXA launch App for high-end Chinese customers

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20-Oct-16 The CareVoice and AXA Health announced the first Medical & Health Insurance Experience APP for high-end customers in China. AXA Health Members can make appointments directly from the APP and access health information and special offers. "We bring to China new affluent class a brand new experience of high-end medical insurance, redefining standards,” said Jack Yuan, CEO of AXA Health. [image: The CareVoice]

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J&J and Google’s Verb Surgical looks to define, lift robotic surgery

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20-Oct-16 Verb Surgical, J&J’s joint venture with Verily Life Sciences, plans to produce 'truly robotic' system that will improve surgical outcomes worldwide. "If you go to Shanghai, quality of care is actually quite good, at the Shanghai Hospital... Go 40 kilometers north... not so good,” said J&J medical devices chairman Gary Pruden. “Our goal is to democratize surgery." [image: OrthoFeed]

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