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Indonesia faces challenges with universal health care

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05-Jun-16 160 million people are so far members of the "JKN" universal health insurance program in Indonesia, and it has been credited with helping many since its 2014 launch. But it faces numerous challenges, from underfunding, to slow and patchy implementation, to long lines at clinics in densely populated areas, where the system has become a victim of its own success. [image: AFP-JIJI]

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Malaysia warned high health expenses can cause catastrophe

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02-Jun-16 Over a third of Malaysians are directly paying for medical services despite universal health care, an excessive figure that can lead to financial catastrophe, the Health Minister said. He said Malaysians' out-of-pocket payments were approximately 35% of the country's overall health expenditure. [image: The Malay Mail Online]

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How a midwife from Zimbabwe is improving global healthcare

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01-Jun-16 GE Healthcare, UNFPA and the UN Population Fund will launch an online midwifery platform to connect 700 midwives from 30 countries worldwide. Clara Methie, a midwife from Zimbbwe, is part of this initiative – a place where midwives get exposure to information on the latest healthcare solutions and prepare them to advocate on behalf of midwives and their patients.[image: GE Healthcare]

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PingAn launches mobile health records in China

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01-Jun-16 PingAn, a Chinese insurance and banking conglomerate, has launched "Mobile Medical Records" through its PingAn Health Cloud. PingAn Health Cloud is building a core capability in electronic medical record management, and is partnering with healthcare providers to establish a neutral, authoritative, and personalized health platform. [image: PR Newswire]

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Personal genomics revolution comes to Southeast Asia

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31-May-16 Singapore-based Imagene Labs and New York-based LifeNome Inc have announced a partnership to bring genomic personalization to Southeast Asia. The partnership will leverage on the genetics testing facilities of Imagene Labs together with the proprietary bioinformatics platform of LifeNome, to provide consumers in the region with personalized guidance on nutrition, fitness, skincare and other wellness topics. [image: Pulse / LinkedIn]

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