health care reform

Fiddling with Commas While the Economy Burns

This year’s “Two Sessions,” which concluded on March 11, were more Party-choreographed than ever, as evidenced by the elimination of the premier’s customary post-NPC press conference, the weakening of the State Council via a...

Under the Knife

For the New Yorker, Christopher Beam looks at the problems facing China’s health care...

Health Care—The View From Abroad

On his blog, Evan Osnos writes about the Chinese reaction to last night’s passage of a health care reform bill in the U.S. Congress: Bad as it is, however, as Chinese health-care reformers looked for ways to repair their...

In China, Too, a Health-care System in Disarray

In the Washington Post, Steven Mufson reports on government efforts to reform a health care system that has left many uninsured or with poor quality care: China’s health-care system is in disarray, a side effect of the...

China Moves to Curb Health Costs

A new plan would have Beijing buy and distribute medicines at lower cost, the Financial Times reports: The measures are part of an Rmb850bn ($124bn, €88bn, £75bn) overhaul of the country’s ailing health system, aimed at securing...

China’s Pharmaceutical Market Primed to Explode

Reuters reports that reforms in China’s health care system may be a boon for global pharmaceutical companies: As growth in the U.S. and European markets remains sluggish, many giant pharmaceutical companies are expanding...

Socialized Healthcare with Chinese Characteristics

Sam Verran evaluates China’s pilot healthcare reform in Shanxi province in an informative and in-depth piece for China Elections and Governance: The recent healthcare reform pilot in Shenmu county, Shanxi province, has...

China Eyes Completing Health Care Reforms by 2020

China is planning a major overhaul of its health care system which aims to provide care for 90% of the population by 2011 and for all citizens by 2020. Reuters reports: Beijing has already announced that it will spend about 850...

China Looking at Major Health Reforms

From AP, via the China announced Monday the outlines of a thorough reform of the health care system that pledges to provide improved services to all citizens by 2020, tackling a critical issue that has become a...

Rural China Misses ‘Barefoot Doctors’

Asia Times takes a look at the history of China’s “barefoot doctors” and reforms in the economy and society that have left rural Chinese facing a potential health crisis: The rural health system started to...

China Unveils Detailed Public Hospital Reform Measures

Chinese health Minister Chen Zhu announced a revamping of how public hospitals work as part of national health care reform measures. From China Daily: He specified, under the reform plan, the government will be responsible for...

Case Studies in Chinese Health Care Reform

From Economic Observer Online: After two years of deliberation, the draft of China’s health care reform was finally released for public scrutiny on October 14. The reform aimed to provide universal health care for all...



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