medical system

Infant’s Death Inflames Health-Care Tensions

The death of a 12-day-old infant in an incubator at a Fujian hospital has fanned already widespread public distrust of China’s healthcare system. From Shangjing Li at China Real Time Report: Hospital authorities and the...

Can Traditional Chinese Medicine Survive?

At Aeon Magazine, James Palmer describes the political, economic and cultural drives behind the $60 billion Traditional Chinese Medicine industry in China and Hong Kong, and its uneasy relationship with science and modern...

Cancer in China Influenced by Pollution, Poverty

The Xinhua News Agency looks at the different patterns of cancer treatment in China versus the west, due to China’s notorious environmental pollution and lack of adequate medical insurance: While the incidence rate of...

Cartoon: “Guizhenland”, on Bear Bile Controversy

A repeat of last year’s attempt at an IPO by bear bile farmers Guizhentang has once again sparked uproar, fuelled by celebrity involvement, online video of bile being drained from whimpering animals, and the Chinese...

Hospital in China Fends Off Angry Mob

Professional mourners have long been a part of funerals in China. Now, the bereaved can also hire mobs of pitchfork-wielding protesters to add teeth to demands for compensation, while beseiged hospital staff are taking up arms...

China Announces Subsidies for Health Care

China has announced its plans for a $123 billion universal health care system. From The New York Times: China announced Wednesday that it intended to spend $123 billion by 2011 to establish universal health care for the...

China faces burgeoning crisis in its health-care system, experts say – Evan Osnos

From Chicago Tribune, via San Jose Mercury News (free registration required): Mr. Li, a 64-year-old retiree with an upset stomach, reached Beijing’s most famous hospital one morning recently, ready to see a doctor. He brought a blanket, newspapers and a bag of fruit. With any luck, he would stand in line for just 26 hours. […]

An insight into sky-high medical expenses – Wen Gang and Zhuang Xueyun

From Hainan Daily. Translated via Sinofile: The reform of the medical and public health system has become a “half-done dish” that patients, hospitals and the government are all dissatisfied with. Not long ago, China’s Reform of the Medical and Health System,” a joint project conducted by the Development Research Center of the State Council and […]

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