Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Emergency care for all | World Bank on health reform | Social capital for private hospitals | Coronary reperfusion sexism

Hospitals have been ordered to provide emergency care to all patients regardless of their ability to pay, with the National Health and Family Planning Commission saying the new rules will help eradicate the social problem of "waiting for money before saving lives."

The World Bank will work with China on a study to investigate "bold, sustainable options for health sector reforms, including in the private sector," according to bank president Jim Yong Kim.

The Chinese government will increase its input into the healthcare system and encourage "social capital" (ie private investment) to enter the industry, Premier Li Keqiang told WHO leader Margaret Chan, but health economists  say commercial health insurance must be improved if this is to work.

In China women hold up half the sky, but only a quarter receive reperfusion therapy for acute coronary syndrome, cardiologists have said.

The Chinese cultural aversion to darker skin means most Chinese avoid the sun and many in northern China are at risk of vitamin deficiency, a new study from the School of Public Health, China Medical University, Shenyang shows.

Despite spending more than 800 billion yuan on health services,  China has only 200 qualified health managers, according to researchers from Shandong University.

One in four blood donors are infected with hepatitis E, many of them seemingly contracting the infection from previous episodes of blood donation, according to researchers from Lianyungang Second People's Hospital, Bengbu Medical College, Lianyungang.

Dysentery is ten times more common during periods of flooding in Hunan and is especially bad after sudden heavy floods, a study from the National Institute for Communicable Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing.

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