Monday, 13 January 2014

The medical news headlines from China

From the English-language media:

Parents of dead girl unhappy at being unable to donate corneas

The parents of a 2-year old girl who died in a Hunan hospital say they were unable to donate her corneas because the local Red Cross didn’t answer its phone.
Shanghai Daily

Shanghai not affected by hepatitis B vaccine scare

Health authorities in Shanghai say there has been no scare in the city over hepatitis B vaccination following fatalities linked with the vaccine and no noticeable drop in the rate of hepatitis B vaccinations.
Shanghai Daily

China opens up health service sector to overseas investors

China will allow some foreign investors to set up hospitals in all parts of the country and will streamline approval procedures for health-related institutions. Investors from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan now can run their own hospitals in cities at prefecture level or above, not just provincial capital cities. Investors from foreign countries can now set up solely funded medical institutions in the newly established Shanghai Free Trade Zone or certain other regions.
Peoples Daily

Taiwan investors not interested in Chinese healtcare secotr

The new market-opening measures announced for Chinese healthcare have been met with a lukewarm response from Taiwan's healthcare community. Medical sources said that unless manpower recruitment and health insurance coverage issues can be resolved, the new opening policy is not likely to attract further Taiwanese investment in China's hospitals.
Focus Taiwan

Nursing home fees vary widely

Average monthly fees for a nursing home in urban Beijing are 3,300 yuan whereas in the suburbs it is 1,800 yuan per month, a survey shows. Of the 56  institutions surveyed, the most expensive charges 7,000 yuan per month.
Beijing Daily

Five new H7N9 cases

Five new human cases of H7N9 influenza have been reported from Fujian, Guangdong and Zhejiang yesterday reported a total of five new human cases of H7N9 bird flu, including one death.
Shanghai Daily

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