Wed, April 15, 2009

New healthcare reform plan unveiled

Gov't capable to guarantee investment for health care reform

China will reinforce its primary health care system through investing more on infrastructure, staff training, and subsidy for service providers to push forward the newly-launched health care reform, an official said. Full story

BACKGROUND

Chronology of China's health-care reform

Following are some major events in the development and reform of China's health-care system.

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2009-04-15 13:09:35 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, April 15 (Xinhua) -- China's central government has appropriated 19.8 billion yuan (2.9 billion U.S. dollars) in subsidies to encourage farmers to participate in rural health care programs, said the Ministry of Finance Wednesday.

China to set up clinics in every village within 3 years

2009-04-07 06:04:20 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, April 7 (Xinhua) -- China will set up at least one clinic in every village within three years to improve the health care at grassroots level, according to an implementation plan for medical reform released by the State Council here on Tuesday.

China to tackle rural medical staff shortages under 2009-2011 plan

2009-04-07 04:19:24 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, April 7 (Xinhua) -- China will deal with shortages of medical staff in underdeveloped rural areas under medical system reform plans published here Tuesday.

China steps up reforms to improve health care for urban, rural residents

2009-04-06 10:34:33 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, April 6 (Xinhua) -- China will promote health-care reform in four areas -- public health services, medical treatment, medical insurance and drug supply -- for both urban and rural residents, according to a central government document released on Monday.

Medical insurance reform

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Road map charted for universal healthcare

2009-04-07 03:33:29 GMT China Daily A master plan for healthcare over the next decade was unveiled Monday, the first step in a highly anticipated reform of the medical system that aims to provide fair and affordable services for all citizens.

China unveils action plan for universal access to basic health care

2009-04-07 01:35:29 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, April 7 (Xinhua) -- China unveiled a three-year action plan on health care reform Tuesday, which it said would lay a solid foundation for equitable and universal access to essential health care for all in China.

China unveils health-care reform guidelines

2009-04-06 09:11:38 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING -- China Monday unveiled a blueprint for health-care over the next decade, kicking off the much-anticipated reform to fix the ailing medical system and to ensure fair and affordable health services for all 1.3 billion citizens.

Drug supply reform

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China to set up essential medicine system to curb rising drug prices

2009-04-07 10:30:05 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, April 7 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese government Tuesday announced it will institute an essential medicine system within three years to drive down prescription costs and quell public complaints of limited accessibility of medicines.

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Health care reform could be prescription for employment

2009-04-09 06:24:03 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, April 9 (Xinhua) -- China's 850 billion yuan (124 billion U.S. dollars) raft of health care reforms, announced this week, are mainly meant to improve care for rural and poor residents and spur domestic demand.

Businesses ready for healthcare plan

2009-04-09 03:16:38 GMT China Daily China's healthcare reform plan will create a huge potential market for health-services providers, pharmaceutical companies and insurers.

IBM bets big on nation's health reform thrust

2009-04-09 02:34:48 GMT China Daily US software giant IBM Corp said yesterday that China's planned 850-billion yuan healthcare system overhaul will generate at least $1.5 billion in new spending in software, providing great opportunities for technology companies that have taken a beating in the current global economic downturn.

WHO chief says China's health care reform "in line with WHO principles"

2009-04-08 06:31:33 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, April 7 (Xinhua) -- China's planned health sector reforms are in line with principles of the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide equal access to universal health-care, WHO head Margaret Chan said Tuesday.