Thursday, 2 January 2014

Urgent cure needed for China's ailing health system

In Prospect magazine, Beijing-based journalist Yuan Ren offers some thoughts on why China's medical system is in urgent need of reform. She points out that the healthcare system is having to deal with a huge increase in demand (because of increased but inadequate insurance cover) and higher expectations while at the same time grappling with lack of trust from patients. The health system is struggling with corruption, in part because incomes are linked to sales of drugs to patients. She says a "modern, efficient and sustainable model" is needed - but who is to say what that is?

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