China’s Medical Boom

From Time

Acquiescence to substandard is changing in China, especially where rapid economic progress has improved the financial well-being of the country’s growing zhong chan jie ji, or . More and more Chinese are willing to pay for superior health-care services. Their presence, combined with an increased number of expatriates and business travelers, has created a niche opportunity for foreign businesses. Several U.S.-based companies are setting up and managing hospitals and Western-style outpatient clinics through joint ventures with Chinese companies. About half the physicians of such companies are expats–typically from the U.S., Canada and Australia.

[…] Patients with foreign passports accounted for the vast majority of those treated at United Family Hospital in Beijing. But today wealthy and upper-middle-class Chinese make up 40% of patients across United Family Hospital locations.

October 9, 2008, 7:51 PM
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