Vietnam Healthcare Part 2A – Is it Like China?

China's decentralized structure of government and chaotic regulatory mechanisms are a good reference point for analyzing issues in the Vietnam healthcare space.

Vietnam religions, China and Vietnam

In the last part of this Vietnam series I tried to explain why comparing Thailand's healthcare system to that of Vietnam when searching for a proper analogy is largely a fools errand. I left open the question of whether China would be a proper country from which to draw insights about Vietnam. In this article I will attempt to close that China … [Read more...]

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep While Distributing Medical Devices in China

Somewhere in China right now, a domestic Chinese medical device distributor for an American company is invoicing one of their dealers for a product they sold to a public hospital. This is a good thing.

MPO medical devices in China

Somewhere in China right now, a domestic Chinese medical device distributor for an American company is invoicing one of their dealers for a product they sold to a public hospital. This is a good thing. The dealer has built and maintained key relationships with the hospital. This is also a good thing. Both the dealer and distributor likely are … [Read more...]

Hospital Privatization in China It is Not

Hospital privatization in China is really corporatization. As a result, the way in for hospital investors is not through the hospital entrance, and neither is the way out.

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The following article is an excerpt of a longer article on Hospital privatization in China called "Corporatization Not Privatization" (click here to download pdf file). A link will also be made available at the end of the article. Hospital Privatization in China is Not What You Think It Is Tropes abound in any sort of writing about China - … [Read more...]

Vietnam Healthcare Comparison 1 – Is it like Thailand?

While it's tempting to analyze Vietnam healthcare trends by analogizing to Thailand, the benefits of this approach are limited.

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Your first bowl of Ho Chi Minh City's renowned pho, piled high with what to untrained senses seem like a multitude of variations of Thai basil, will combine inside your mind with the sensations and memories brought on by the humid climate and steady humming of motorcycles on the street nearby - there is always a street nearby - to strongly tempt … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk About That Financial Times Article …

Last week's FT had a pretty interesting article on the challenges foreign senior care operators and investors are encountering in China. What - if anything - should we take away from this article?

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If you haven’t already, head over to the Financial Times and read Patti Waldmeir’s column titled “The Changing Face of Growing Old in China.” Most of us in the senior care sector have read, written and been quoted by a number of press outlets over the years, primarily with an eye on the opportunity within China’s rapidly aging population. While … [Read more...]