What we now know…

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It is estimated the “grey market” or unofficial payment system in Russia’s healthcare system accounts for 25% of total private payments.


Russia joined the World Trade Organization after 19 years of trying. Membership is expected to boost GDP by 3%.


Global Competitive Index
The World Economic Forum has released their Global Competitive Index (GCI) and Switzerland again ranks number one.

Last on the list, at number 144, is Burundi, two spots behind Haiti.

For details and rankings go to: http://www.weforum.org/news/persisting-divides-global-competitiveness-switzerland-singapore-and-finland-top-competitiveness


Global sanctions designed to combat Iran’s nuclear programme are having unintended consequences.

Chief among the realities of banking restrictions is trade in medical supplies, including medicines and pharmaceutical raw materials.


September 11, 2001
“BOATLIFT: An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience” is a short, 12 minute video narrated by Tom Hanks. It tells the story of the largest evacuation by boat in history.

To view the video, click here: http://www.youtube.com/embed/MDOrzF7B2Kg?rel=0


In the EIU Livability Index, healthcare is weighted 20% of the total score.

Best city overall?       Melbourne, AU

Worst city overall?     Dhaka, Bangladesh

To purchase a copy of the full report, click here: http://store.eiu.com/product.aspx?pid=455217630


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