China to Set Up Controversial Medical Ethics Evaluation System – China News Agency

Translated by CDT from China News Agency:

China’s Ministry of Health and Chinese Medicine Administration have jointly issued a regulation that aims to set up a evaluation system to tally the medical ethics of doctors in various hospitals and other health care providers in the country.

There are three components in the evaluation regime: self-assessment, departmental assessment and institutional assessment. A filing system will also be set up to store the records, in an effort to link the ethics scores with the doctor’s compensations and promotions.

But there is one thing missing, as some commentaries point out: opinions from the patients and their families. Not surprisingly, nearly 60% of online voters polled about this news said this new system won’t improve the medical ethical level in the country. About 20% said it could. [Full Text in Chinese, commentary here]


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