• Study finds many patients are fearful of wasting GPs’ time
    A recent study at Cambridge University has found that the current NHS crisis has left patients reluctant to visit their doctor amid fears they are wasting their GP’s time.
  • Will an expedited FDA drug-approval process result in a win-win situation?
    Accelerating the FDA drug-approval process has been a broadly bipartisan supported issue. But will it be a win-win situation for patients and pharmaceutical companies?
  • PH: Philhealth awards hospitals compliant with the No Balance Billing policy

    Four hospitals in Northern Mindanao have been recognized by the state-run health insurance firm for complying with the No-Balance Billing Policy (NBB), wherein no indigent patient is to be charged based on the guidelines of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.

  • Malaysia aims for one million medical tourists this year
    Tourists from neighbouring countries are making Malaysia their choice destination for medical treatment. Malaysia’s increasing popularity has led to proposed targeted services and involvement of private healthcare providers.
  • Shift work: A doctor's advice on coping
    It is no secret, or surprise, that shift work has multiple negative effects on any individual who is required to undergo it. Yet, it is undeniably an unavoidable part of working in the healthcare sector, hence healthcare professionals have no other option besides finding ways to cope. Here is one doctor's take on making shift work work for you.
  • The integrating of mental and behavioural healthcare in a medical practice
    The increasing number of patients consulting physicians in regular medical practices with regard to mental and behavioural health issues, faced as a result of stressful modern-day life, highlights an interesting question: Should, and can, these services be directly integrated into regular medical practices for patients' ease? 
  • New transparency rules for pharma companies leave Australian health experts furious
    Pharmaceutical companies were found to spend over AUS$2.6 million on "educational events" for doctors on a new generation of blood thinners, in just six months. To add to concerns, these companies will no longer have to publish information about what they spend on such events.
  • Lab error forces over 400 people to be retested for Zika virus in the US
    Over 400 individuals in the District of Columbia, including 294 pregnant women, are being retested for Zika, due to a testing error by the public health laboratory which caused all results to become negative.
  • PH: DOH plans hospital interconnectivity for better healthcare access

    One of the goals under the Philippine Health Agenda (PHA) 2016-2022 is to give all Filipinos access to quality healthcare service and one of the strategies of the Department of Health to achieve this is the interconnectivity among public health hospitals and institutions.

  • Singapore's research agency A*STAR set to restructure for better R&D
    The restructuring will address the aims of the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE ) and align more closely to Research Innovation Enterprise (RIE) 2020, a S$19 billion plan to support Singapore's R&D efforts over five years.
  • Are there any perks to hiring millennial healthcare professionals over experienced ones?
    Millennials are getting a lot of flak these days, from nicknames like 'Strawberry Generation' to the bad rep of being seemingly 'self-entitled and spoiled'. More than this when it comes to the workplace though, is that millennials are commonly thought of to lack experience, a crucial component that managers everywhere in the healthcare industry will look for when hiring to expand a team. Yet all is not lost, and times are changing as educational institutions gradually realise the importance of real-world experience and attempt to inculcate this.
  • A closer look at kindness and compassion in the medical setting
    More and more, the importance of kindness and compassion in patient treatment is being touted as a necessity, and even scientific reports have jumped on the bandwagon, providing piece after piece evidence to prove this. In this article, Dr Jennifer Winter brings us through why this is so vital, from a doctor's perspective.
  • PH: Free meds for Manila’s senior citizens

    Chronically ill senior citizens who are residents of Manila are set to receive free maintenance medications for their health burdens, as the Manila Health Department (MHD) has been granted 66 million pesos to implement the elderly health assistance.