May 6, 2009

The Social Face of Economic GrowthChina's Health System in Transition

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

JAMA. 2009;301(17):1809-1811. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.555

Even as Congress prepares to debate President Obama's health reform agenda, the People's Republic of China has passed its own long-awaited health reform plan,1 setting aside $124 billion for this purpose over the next 3 years.2 This ambitious reform, issued by the State Council and the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party at the beginning of April 2009, would overhaul the health system, providing citizens with improved service quality, greater accessibility, lower cost burdens, and the guarantee of universal health coverage.

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