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Anticipation in Beijing

by Fred Fortin

Beijing, China — The weather is hot here. It must be from the anticipation in the air about health care reform. We hear that reports from major national and international organizations are mostly completed with the results starting to break into public view. Swiss Re’s report which I referred to in an earlier post is still the most prominent but a number of others are being read by China’s top government officials. My good friend, Vince Kuraitis, a contributing writer here at WHCB (also see his e-CareMangement Blog) alerted me to an another study just popping out of Beijing, “Regulating Medical Services in China”.

The study is published by the Milbank Memorial Fund in concert with several important China government agencies. It describes the major challenges in regulating medical service delivery and suggests how the experiences of other countries might help China as it moves forward in designing the government’s role.

Health reform watchers here in Beijing predict some tough negotiations between major health related bureaucracies over any serious proposals to centralize control over components of the health care delivery system. And the role of private health insurance, while still in the process of being worked out, enjoys a growing level of support. It’s clear that the next several months may witness a direction setting in health care for China that will be nothing less than historic.


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[…] Anticipation in Beijing “Beijing, China — The weather is hot here. It must be from the anticipation in the air about health care reform. We hear that reports from major national and international organizations are mostly completed with the results starting to break into public view.” […]

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