China’s healthcare system is influenced by its economic situation, and the government’s role, whose aim is to ensure that quality and affordable treatment is accessible to everyone.
Recent reforms were aimed at increasing people’s access to healthcare. The scheme made it possible for more affluent urban dwellers to have health insurance so they wouldn’t have to save so much money for medical emergencies, and a government co-operative provides coverage for rural citizens.
Overall, China has managed to provide about 95 percent of its people with health coverage of some kind in 2009.
Hospitals and Doctors Standards in China:
A country the size of China is faced with big demands on its medical system, and they have handled them admirably. There are about 3.8 hospital beds per 1,000 population in China, in all kinds of facilities: big, small, urban, rural, government-run, joint-venture, and private. The Ministry of Health organizes in-patient facilities into 3 grade levels, and many of the best urban specialized hospitals have received the highest 3AAA-rating.
The service to be found in Chinese hospitals is high-level. The government has decided to apply the prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI) standards of quality and safety to their hospitals, and there are over 25 JCI-accredited facilities in China.
Doctors in China value patient satisfaction and high-quality surgical work. They are known for their excellence in specialties like cardiology, orthopedics, and cancer care, and of course Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). They are also at the forefront of stem-cell research and therapies, and are often trained overseas in top medical schools in places like America.
China is also becoming a popular destination for medical tourists, and as such, hospitals and doctors there are much improved in their English-language skills, and in there familiarity with Western patients seeking a variety of different treatments.
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