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September 23 2009

China’s Health System Reform and Medical Education

JAMA. 2009;302(12):1270-1271. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1353

To the Editor: The 2009-2011 China health system reform1 is intended to put health care accessibility for all citizens as its top priority. In their Commentary,2 Ms Ho and Mr Gostin outlined the government's spending decrease in the past decades as the main cause of China's health care system inequity. While we agree with their analysis on urban-rural and quality disparities, we would also like to highlight issues of human resources and the education of health workers as points that could significantly affect the success of the reform.

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