Quality & Patient Safety

China's government to reform public hospitals

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, January 20, 2009

The Chinese government has been debating a reformation of its public hospitals as one of the many steps in improving the healthcare program. According to Yahoo! News, Health Minister Chen Zhu stated to the Xinhua News Agency that a main focus of the overhaul will be aimed at the way hospitals make profits.The plan calls for the government to provide subsidies for public hospital infrastructure, medical equipment, academic research, physician training, and health costs for retirees. The new reformation is aimed to take place in several cities with a three-year pilot program, which will be the basis for the nationwide plan, according to Yahoo! News.

Though addressing its public hospitals is the first step toward reforming the medical program, China has plans for other healthcare systems, too. Other programs aimed to be addressed include medical insurance, basic medical services and public health services.

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