China wants to make health care more affordable to poor

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 13 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:578
  1. Jane Parry
  1. 1Hong Kong

    China will increase its healthcare spending by 25%, with a budget of ¥83.2bn (£5.8bn; €7.6bn; $11.7bn) earmarked for 2008, up from ¥66.5bn last year.

    The announcement was made by China’s Premier Wen Jiabao speaking at the opening day of the meeting of China’s legislative body, the National People’s Congress on 5 March. A package of healthcare reforms would soon be announced, he added.

    Of this budget, more than ¥20bn has been earmarked for central and western governments to upgrade the township health institutions in a bid to redress the balance between urban and rural healthcare provision, deputy health minister Gao Qiang added.

    China is grappling with major flaws in this healthcare system, …

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