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Raffles Medical Group opens its first China hospital in Chongqing

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08-Jan-19 Raffles Medical Group officially has opened its first hospital in China in south-western Chongqing. Touted as Singapore's first tertiary hospital in China, Raffles Hospital Chongqing is a 700-bed facility with a gross floor area of more than 100,000 sqm. [image: Raffles Medical Group]

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Malaysia announces free national health insurance for the low income

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28-Dec-18 The Malaysian government announced a free national health insurance scheme for the bottom 40% of the population, called B40 National Protection Scheme. From 1-Jan-19, it will provide coverage against 36 critical illnesses with payouts of up to MYR8,000 (USD1,944). [image: Lua Jiamin / Mediacorp]

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Japan suffers historic population decline

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28-Dec-18 Japan suffered the largest natural population decline in its history in 2018. The growing number of elderly will put unprecedented strain on health and welfare services, with additional services to be partly funded by a sales tax increase in Oct-19. [image: iStock]

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Police bust USD145 mn medical tourism scam in China

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06-Dec-18 Police in China have arrested 132 people over a medical tourism scam targeting wealthy Chinese that netted nearly USD145 mn. Research firm Global Growth Markets estimates 500,000 Chinese travel abroad for medical tourism every year, spending at least USD10 bn. [image: Chinanews.cn]

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