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ASEAN integration opens avenue to healthcare investors

Friday, January 9, 2015

Subject

The ASEAN Economic Community and medical investments.

Significance

Rising incomes and demographic shifts are driving demand for improved health services across South-east Asia and the region has become an important production base for pharmaceuticals and medical equipment. With the promulgation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in late 2015 -- which will help to close development gaps, improve infrastructure and expand private healthcare access -- various medical industry investment opportunities are coming.

Impacts

  • Commercial healthcare operators will be needed to finance emerging healthcare markets.
  • A rise in public-private partnerships is probable.
  • Medical investors will tap the growth potential for hospital services, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

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