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Sumitomo to help companies cut medical costs in Malaysia, Vietnam

New service matches employees with affordable clinics in Southeast Asian push

A doctor speaks with a patient at a clinic in Shah Alam, Malaysia. Sumitomo will roll out a service that matches employees with affordable hospitals.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese trading group Sumitomo Corp. will offer a service to help businesses in Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries cut health care costs for employees, Nikkei has learned.

Sumitomo's platform will issue notices to workers, matching their symptoms with medical providers offering low-cost fees and drugs. The service also will offer advice about eating and exercise.

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