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Japan’s hospitals weigh overseas branches, medical tourism

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19-Jul-15 The 2015 Japan Revitalization Strategy, a recent government policy, says the healthcare sector - which has long been heavily regulated and shielded - should be turned into a driver of economic growth. In particular, the government wants to boost medical tourism and help Japanese medical institutions branch out overseas, especially in emerging economies. [image: The Japan Times]

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Telstra goes live with 'doc around the clock'

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02-Jul-15 Telstra Health has gone live with its ReadyCare telemedicine service, offering phone and video consultations with Australian GPs 24 hours a day. A JV with Swiss telemedicine provider Medgate, ReadyCare is initially targeted at health funds, mining companies, state governments and corporates. It has signed its first big contract with travel insurance firm Cover-More, which handles 35,000 medical episodes annually. [image: Gettty Images]

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The China FTA a tonic for Australia's healthcare operators

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17-Jul-15 The China-Australia free trade agreement has opened doors to Australian healthcare providers. However, taking advantage of the opportunities requires careful planning. It is important to get advice about regulations on health and aged care. There are potential benefits in partnering with a Chinese company. It is also imperative to seek advice on investment structure. Tax is another significant consideration. [image: ABC]

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Hong Kong hospitals get USD150m booster

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17-Jul-15 Hong Kong's government will pump HK$1.17 bn (USD150 mn) into the Hospital Authority in the next three years to implement proposals aimed at shortening waiting times and improving funding allocation to three hospital clusters. [image: The Standard]

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39 more drugs come under price control in India

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17-Jul-15 India has extended price controls to 39 more drugs used to treat diseases such as diabetes, infections, digestive disorders and pain among others, in an effort to make them affordable. Prices are being reduced by 5-40% and they join 652 medicines already under price control. [image: The Hindu]

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