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State Council instructs on stratified healthcare system

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11-Sep-15 China's State Council has issued a guidance on a hierarchical medical treatment system to direct resources to grassroots health institutions. According to the guideline, a system of hospital tiers with clearly defined roles will be established by 2017. Also, by that time the country should have a greater number of GPs, and standards at local hospitals will have risen. [image: China Daily]

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Australian health care firms eye Asia for growth

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11-Sep-15 Australia’s third-largest for-profit hospital operator, Healthe Care, and cardiac testing firm Cardioscan, say that a tough operating environment in Australia means successful operators could expand more profitably overseas. Cardioscan recently introduced its myPatch Holter wireless heart monitor to Hong Kong. Healthe Care, which is set to be put up for sale, says it could work well with a Chinese owner. [image: The Australian]

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Hamstrung by red tape, hospital operators buy their way into India

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10-Sep-15 Parkway Pantai, a unit of the world's second largest healthcare group by market value, IHH Healthcare Bhd, intends to use acquisitions to expand in India, where the private hospitals market is estimated to be worth USD55 billion a year, but companies must obtain as many as 70 clearances from federal and local authorities to launch a new facility. [image: Reuters / Shailesh Andrade]

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Shenzhen encourages new TCM hospitals

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10-Sep-15 Shenzhen aims to establish five to eight new Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) hospitals by 2020. The clinics will get the same preferential policies regarding drug pricing and hiring employees as other health care providers under a program that health authorities hope will bring quality hospitals and doctors to the city. [image: 39Clinic]

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Taiwan well-poised for healthcare in IoT: Google

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10-Sep-15 Taiwan is well-poised to develop web-based smart healthcare services in the long term thanks to its strong presence in the global hardware supply chain, Google Taiwan says. A strength in Taiwan's IoT drive is its excellent medical and health insurance systems, which have done the groundwork for Taiwan to move into smart medical services that require integration with hardware. [image: Wang Ying-hao]

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