International Health Care News from MCOLGlobal December 7,  2016

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Global prescription drug spend seen at $1.5 trillion in 2021: report
Reuters reports: Global spending on prescription medicines will reach nearly $1.5 trillion by 2021, although the annual rate of growth will decrease from recent years, according to a forecast by Quintiles IMS Holding released on Tuesday.
Reuters, December 6, 2016

Hong Kong

Government axes high-risk patients from proposed health plan for now
Asia Insurance Review reports: The government has suspended two controversial features in the planned voluntary health insurance scheme in the face of resistance from insurers.
Asia Insurance Review, December 5, 2016


Healthcare drags more into poverty despite insurance cover
Asia Insurance Review reports: Increased insurance coverage in India has not led to any reduction in the numbers of those impoverished by healthcare expenditure or catastrophic health spending, the two main objectives of health insurance, a study has found.
Asia Insurance Review, December 5, 2016

IFC plans to invest $200-300 mn in healthcare sector
The Economic Times reports: The World Bank's private lending arm International Finance Corporation (IFC) is exploring the possibility of investing USD 200-300 million in Indian healthcare, pharmaceutical and medical devices space in the next one year.
The Economic Times, December 1, 2016


HSE faces €1.4bn bill to replace ageing equipment
The Irish Times reports: The health service urgently needs €1.4 billion to replace ageing equipment such as ambulances, MRIs and X-ray machines, according to its director general.
The Economic Times, November 30, 2016


Agents unhappy with health insurance premium hikes
Asia Insurance Review reports: Displeased insurance agents are calling on insurers to justify increases levied on medical insurance premiums since the start of this year.
Asia Insurance Review, December 1, 2016


Firm Launches Online Health Services Via Mobile Phones
Daily Trust reports: Avon, a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) has launched an online health service targeted at enrolling Nigerians to different health plans on its platform via mobile phones.
Daily Trust via allAfrica, December 6, 2016


The horror of Russian healthcare
The Independent reports: It was late at night when Hanna Rún, a 26-year-old ballroom dancing champion from Iceland, woke up with searing chest pains in Penza, a city some 400 miles southeast of Moscow.
The Independent, December 2, 2016


Competition watchdog to probe care home hidden bill charges
The Scotsman reports: Care homes for the elderly are being investigated by the competition watchdog following concerns over people potentially being faced with shock bills and “hidden” charges.
The Scotsman, December 3, 2016


Aetna sets up Innovation Hub for healthcare in Asia
Asia Insurance Review reports: Healthcare insurer Aetna International is establishing an Asian innovation hub which will focus on leveraging local expertise and customer feedback to develop tailored solutions for the region's markets, based on its existing offerings.
Asia Insurance Review, December 1, 2016


Fresh Bid to Decongest Reports Rubbished Referral Hospitals
Tanzania Daily News reports: The Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, has directed District Executive Directors (DEDs) countrywide to embark on the construction of district hospitals in their respective areas to check overcrowdings of patients currently faced at major referral hospitals.
Tanzania Daily News via allAfrica, December 5, 2016

United Kingdom

Cost of social care has rocketed over last year, analysis shows
The Guardian reports: The cost of social care rocketed over the last year, even as the proportion of services ranked good or outstanding fell, according to a new analysis.
The Guardian, December 4, 2016

Doctors caring for dying patients need more support, BMA says
The Guardian reports: The British Medical Association has called for more support for doctors caring for dying patients after a survey found fewer than one in five physicians feel they get sufficient assistance.
The Guardian, December 4, 2016

Sick children moved as NHS intensive care units run out of beds
The Guardian reports: Seriously sick children are having to be transported long distances to receive intensive care this weekend because of a lack of beds in major cities.
The Guardian, December 3, 2016

A&E and maternity wards could close if spending on agency doctors is not slashed
The Telegraph reports: Hospital departments such as Accident & Emergency departments and maternity could be forced to close if they do not slash spending on agency doctors, the head of the NHS has suggested.
The Telegraph, November 30, 2016

Ambulance target failures highlight NHS crisis, say health chiefs
The Guardian reports: Figures showing that every ambulance service in England failed to meet response time targets for the past 16 months are a sign of a system-wide problem, NHS England has admitted.
The Guardian, November 30, 2016

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