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China Health Care Can’t Keep Pace with Growth

January 7, 2008

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s health care system is struggling to keep pace with the country’s economic growth and faces a major challenge in looking after its 1.3 billion people, the health minister said on Monday.

Many hospitals have resorted to charging premiums for medical care and prescriptions and deregulation of the health industry has brought a rash of scandals involving overcharging, bogus drugs and malpractice.

A nurse bathes a new-born baby at a hospital in Changzhi, Shanxi ... 

A nurse bathes a new-born baby at a hospital in Changzhi, Shanxi province, December 12, 2007. China’s health care system is struggling to keep pace with the country’s blistering economic growth and faces a major challenge in looking after its 1.3 billion people, the health minister said on Monday. (REUTERS/Stringer)  

The costs of seeing a doctor or staying in hospital are out of reach for many in the world’s….

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