Industry analysts are expecting the increase in merger and acquisition activity in Thailand's healthcare sector to continue. Thai healthcare providers are determined to integrate more with one another to give them a national competitive advantage over the large foreign multinationals now entering the market. Under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) agreements, by 2015 many industries will be increasingly liberalized across the continent, including the private healthcare sector. Regional market integration will theoretically expand the local healthcare market to over 580 million people.
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