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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Friday, April 09, 2004

What's the weakest link in China's healthcare system?

Xinhuanet - :

China's Health Care SystemIn an article published today in Xinhua (and totally unbeknownst to me at the time [see earlier post today] ) the official Chinese news agency asks the question "What's the weakest link in China's healthcare system?"

Finance? Infrastructure? Governmental attention? All of these are candidates Xinhua says but a leading government health official Vice-Minister of Health Gao Qiang says it is the lack of trained professionals especially in the rural areas

"Official statistics indicate the rural areas, with 70 per cent of the country's population, have less than 30 per cent of the medical resources. " Gao Qiag is reported to have said.

Having a successful health care system is all of the above but mostly you must first have political will, infrastructure and a public health system that is non discriminatory.

Train as many health care workers as you like but unless you have a culture of caring, infrastructure and a universal health care safety net you will not be able to provide an adequate national health system that is capable of attracting workers, especially to the rural areas.