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Australia: Budget Includes Introduction of $7 Co-pay for Doctor Visits

(May 22, 2014) On May 13, 2014, the Australian Treasurer, Joe Hockey, published the federal government’s annual budget for the period July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015. (BUDGET 2014-1 (last visited May 14, 2014); for information on the Australian appropriations process, see The Commonwealth’s Appropriation Framework – An Introduction, Department of Finance website, http://www.finance.gov.au/budget/budget-process/appropriation-bills.html […]

Vietnam: New Rules on Visas Considered; Other Legislation Discussed

(Feb. 12, 2014) The Vietnamese legislature is considering adopting a law on entry, exit, and residence of foreigners that would have a unilateral visa exemption for foreign visitors. On January 12, 2014, Nguyen Kim Khoa, the Chair of the Committee for National Defense and Security of the National Assembly (NA), noted that exemptions would need […]

Indonesia: Universal Health Care Program Implemented

(Jan. 6, 2014) Indonesia's government has said it is implementing a universal health care program, beginning on January 1, 2014. (Nadya Natahadibrata, Indonesia’s government has said it is implementing a universal health care program, beginning on January 1, 2014. (Nadya Natahadibrata, Govt Set to Launch “Milestone” Program, THE JAKARTA POST (Dec. 31, 2013).) The program […]