Summary of New Policies Spurred Five Major Improvements in China’s Health Industry as of 2017

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In 2008, the Chinese government launched a formal health care reform with an ambitious aim: to establish an effective, low-cost health care system for its more than 1.3 billion citizens. Almost a decade later, reforms are ongoing and Li Meng, staff writer at, looks at the new developments and policies implemented in 2017 and the positive effects that these changes have had.  getAbstract recommends this article to anyone studying health care systems around the globe.

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  • Which new health care policies were implemented in 2017
  • What effect these new policies had on China's health care system.

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Li Meng is a staff writer at, a website that provides information and news on medical services and health care to private hospitals in China. This article was reposted on



Almost ten years after the initial 2008 launch of health care reforms in China, the country continues to see improvements in its health care system in 2017. Chinese citizens benefit from lower costs for prescription drugs, better access to doctors, quicker reimbursement from medical insurance claims, greater transparency in prescription drug prices and a more balanced use of medical facilities.

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