» 06/26/2012, 00.00
After factories and energy, Beijing opens up the health market
The central government is unable to cover the need for treatments and low-cost drugs for the entire population and looks for international partners that could lower health care costs. But more than 200 million people, including immigrants and farmers, cannot even afford to be admitted. This matter involves a turnover of 500 billion dollars, in constant growth.
Beijing announces major health reform, but doesn't say how it will be implemented
A clear rejection of the current hospital system, run by companies that must make a profit. The "non-profit nature" of health care is affirmed instead, and the desire to guarantee that it can be used by all. But experts note the lack of specific guidelines for implementation.
Only those with money can afford health care in China
For 20 years hospitals have been run on a profit basis. Only a minority is covered by medical insurance; others sell what they own or try their own remedies. Hospitals often prescribe unnecessary treatment and drugs.
Shanghai: maternity clinic with tennis, golf, while migrant delivers baby outside
The luxury suite will cost 9,880 yuan per day and many rooms are already booked. Meanwhile the local government is paying annual subsidies of 50 yuan per year for sick children.
Henan: activist knifed after denouncing public health corruption
For years, Liu Xiaowu has been struggling against the government silence regarding people with AIDS. He was attacked and injured for denouncing the resale by public officials of anti-HIV drugs, supplied free-of-charge from the State.
Operation for reusing medical equipment discovered in Gujarat
Syringes, needles, intravenous drips and even containers were washed and reused. At least 56 people have died and 100 are sick with hepatitis B in the state because of the recycling of these materials. Accusations point to doctors and to the same companies that were responsible for disposing of medical waste.
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