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Asian healthcare needs to innovate to beat poverty

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1192 (Published 21 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1192
  1. Jane Parry
  1. 1Hong Kong

Asian countries need to find new ways to meet their healthcare needs, such as affordable medical devices and alternative ways to finance healthcare, concludes a new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The unit’s report, Healthcare in Asia: The Innovation Imperative, was released to coincide with an Economist Conferences round table meeting on healthcare in Asia in 2011, held on 17 and 18 February in Hong Kong.

How to sustainably fund affordable healthcare for all is a common challenge across the continent. The report advocates collaboration among governments, non-government organisations, communities, and the corporate sector.

One of the conference participants, Sian Griffiths, …

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