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China Human Rights Net > News > Focus > Health Care Reform Guidelines Unveiled in China 2009 > Video
Provide basic healthcare as public service: Experts
 
 

 

04-08-2009

China has unveiled a three-year plan for healthcare reform. It aims to lay a solid foundation for equitable and universal access to essential healthcare for all in China by 2020. Experts say the most important part is how to implement the reform properly so that everyone can benefit from it.

 

 

Professor Li Ling from Peking University has been studying related subjects for 15 years. She said a higher reimbursement rate will be very helpful in winning the confidence of patients.

The core principle of the reform is to provide basic healthcare as a public service to the people. That requires much more government funding and supervision.

Professor Li Ling from Peking University has been studying related subjects for 15 years. She said a higher reimbursement rate will be very helpful in winning the confidence of patients.

Li Ling said, "I think the most eye-catching aspect of the new reform is its state-level designation, with a definite target and clear plan."

Under the new reform, the government will improve the public health network for disease prevention and control, health education, mother and child health care, mental health and first aid services. Professor Li says this will effectively ease the long-standing criticism of the medical services, which have shouldered the blame for a healthcare service that is difficult to access and increasingly expensive.

Li Ling said, "Disease prevention is the most effective way to keep healthy. We shouldn't wait until minor diseases become serious ones, and only then go and see the doctor. The healthcare system is designed to make people more healthy. I think all Chinese people will benefit from the new reform very soon."

Professor Li also said the government is still facing many difficulties. One of those is the proper cooperation between all related departments. And she says that only through balancing costs and investments can an effective medical system be achieved.

 
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