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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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AXA launches new global healthcare proposition in Saudi Arabia

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03-Dec-18 AXA has launched an international corporate healthcare proposition, the Prestige plan, in Saudi Arabia. The proposition allows members to use hospital networks and cashless facilities within the Kingdom as well as AXA's global network. [image: International Investment]

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