medical reform

China Health Care Reform Aims To Help Rural Areas

From USA Today: Li Xiufen, whose family tills rice fields high in the terraced-carved hills of southwest China, had to borrow $730 from other villagers when she needed stomach surgery two years ago — a debt that remains unpaid....

Chinese Medical Reform Draft Open to Public Debate

From Xinhua: China issued on Tuesday a draft reform of the country’s health care system in an effort to solicit public opinion. It’s one step toward a universal medical system which China hopes to have in place by...

True or False? Health Care is Cheap and Easy to Get

While a senior health official from Guangzhou, Guangdong Province stated last week that health care in China is more cheap and accessible than in any other country, Shanghai Daily columnist Wu Jiayin writes why the...

Health Care in China: Losing Patients

The Economist takes a look at China’s health care system–from changes that occurred after the Chinese government enacted market-driven policies to the upcoming reforms expected to be revealed this March when...

China Unveils Healthcare Scheme – Shirong Chen

From BBC News: China’s health minister has announced an ambitious programme to provide basic healthcare for every citizen in the world’s most populous nation. Chen Zhu said the Healthy China 2020 programme would provide a universal national health service and promote equal access to public services. Mr Chen was speaking at the national Health Forum […]

Chinese Divided On Health Reforms – Jill McGivering

From BBC News: China’s Communist leaders have overhauled the healthcare system, intending to make it more affordable for the poor. But are the reforms exacerbating China’s problems? I visited a small village in Hubei province – a cluster of old and new houses set in paddy and wheat fields. The doctor, Cho Yuen, was in […]

Health Service For All By 2010 – Minister – Xinhua

From Xinhua, via China Daily: Chinese Health Minister Chen Zhu has vowed to establish a medical service system which covers all urban and rural Chinese by 2010. The Ministry of Health will deepen the ongoing medical reform to attain the objective, the minister said at a Sino-American medical forum opened in Shanghai, China’s leading metropolis, […]

China’s Country Folk Try Co-operative Cure – Mure Dickie

From Financial Times: After Song Xuefang began suffering from vomiting and pains that left her hardly able to walk, she and her husband pulled out their savings and sold their 30 sheep to pay for treatment. It was not enough. Doctors in Mrs Song’s dusty county of Jingyuan in China’s north-western Gansu province could not […]

Resource Shortages The Key РZhou Qiren (周其仁)

From Beijing Review: In recent years, issues on the medical system reform have gained much attention. This is related to the rapid development of other economic sectors, for example, manufacturing, agriculture and domestic trade. The people’s demand for food, clothing and even education has been satisfied, in terms of quantity. Against this background, inefficient medical […]

Scandal Brews over China Tea-for-Urine Samples – Reuters

From Reuters: A group of Chinese reporters came up with a novel idea to test how greedy local hospitals were — pass off tea as urine samples and submit the drink for tests. The results: six out of 10 hospitals in Hangzhou, the capital of the rich coastal province of Zhejiang, visited by the reporters […]

Farmers benefit from medicare – Xie Chuanjiao

From China Daily: A year ago Wang Hongwei was hesitant about handing over 10 yuan for a trial medical insurance system. But now, as the 56-year-old farmer from Shandong Province recovers from heart surgery, he knows he made the right decision. For 10 yuan (US$1.25), the local government reimbursed 65% of his bill, paying 26,000 […]

Industry eyes China’s ‘failed’ health care reform – Matt Young

From Asia Times: An arm of the Chinese government made an unexpected announcement recently: it openly admitted that health-care reform in China has failed. In a report by the Development Research Center of the State Council, the authors wrote that “generally speaking, the reform [has been] unsuccessful”, citing wasted resources and a decreasing number of […]

Study urges more private healthcare in China – Justine Lau

From the Financial Times: China needs to transform its incentive system for doctors and provide clearer treatment guidelines to reduce wasted health resources, according to a study by McKinsey. The country should also encourage more private insurance products to address a growing demand for better healthcare in the urban areas and cut the share of […]

Wealth Grows, but Health Care Withers in China – Howard W. French

From the New York Times: When Jin Guilian’s family took him to a county hospital in this gritty industrial city after a jarring two-day bus ride during which he drifted in and out of consciousness, the doctors took one look at him and said: “How dare you do this to him? This man could die […]



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