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China’s blueprint puts healthcare reform high on political agenda

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1543 (Published 15 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1543
  1. Jane Parry
  1. 1Hong Kong

    China has released a blueprint of its plan to reform the country’s healthcare system, originally announced in October 2008, but observers say the plan still does not have enough practical detail to ascertain how the reforms will be implemented.

    The blueprint, released on 6 April and jointly endorsed by the central committee of the Communist party of China and the state council, China’s cabinet, spells out the target of universal access to health care for all of China’s 1.3 billion people by 2020.

    The main planks of the reform are better primary care (especially in rural areas); equitable distribution of …

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