HEALTH CARE PIONEERING THROUGH NEW PROGRAMS INSPIRED FROM WESTERN IN CHINA
The healthcare reformis among the priorities of the Chinese government because Chinese demand a quality healthcare at reasonable prices without large disparities among classes and without endemic corruption in the system.
The first healthcare reform in 2009 push backs one of the more significant new policies which is the introduction of non-governmental healthcare institutions especially private hospitals, in order to let the competition improve healthcare in the country. This step is highly inspired from Western.
Traditional Chinese medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine is one of the world’s oldest medical systems, it has been practiced for years in china, and served as the basis for health care in China for much of its history. It includes various forms of herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, exercise, and dietary therapy. Such approaches are believed to be most effective in treating minor and chronic diseases. Recently it was influenced by modern Western medicinewho is based on the use of drugs and surgery to treat symptoms. The relation between traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine, emerged. They exist today side by side in the Chinese market, covered by insurance, and are considered valid treatment options for different purposes and conditions.
Health Care pioneering through new programs inspired from western in china
The reasons that drive western hospital systems into China are:
- 3 Billion of potential consumers.
- Western medicine quickly alleviates symptoms
- Chinese consumers prefer Western medicine when the time-frame is shorter and a medical diagnosis has been made.
- The Western medicine is preferred when there is a sense of emergency in treatment.
- It fixes the problem.
The best medical care in China is available in foreign-run or joint venture Western-style medical facilities with international staff. They are highly expensive; treatment there can often cost up to ten times more than a public hospital.
Nowadays, China realised that each of the two medical traditions has its own merits and advise that the two systems should benefit from each other’s strong points. So the goal of China’s medical professionals today is to synthesize the best elements of traditional and Western approaches. In many respects, physicians trained in traditional medicine and those trained in Westernmedicine constitute separate groups with different interests.
Health care in the futur in China
China has about 2.3 million doctors, 90 percent of whom are trained in western medicine rather than traditional medicine. However the medical education they receive is highly variable: in many cases, doctors undergo only a three-year post-secondary certification program; eight-year MD training comparable to the training offered in many western countries is available only in two universities.
In fact there is a revolution going on: in China’s healthcare sector. And it’s a revolution that major western private medical insurers, healthcare providers, private equity providers and investors are increasingly involved in – with the apparent blessing of China’s leaders. Western hospital systems in general, and those with a teaching background in particular, have the potential to create very unique opportunities in China because their motives are, from the vantage point of a Chinese health bureaucrat, more balanced than those of the pure private sector.
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