BioScience Trends. 2020;14(2):151-155. (DOI: 10.5582/bst.2020.01015)

Health care reform in China from the perspective of physicians

Lin J, Zhou J, Wang L


Health care reform is a worldwide problem. To address the problems of costs, access, quality, efficiency, and equity, China initiated healthcare reform in 2009. The progress of China's healthcare reform has been internationally recognized as the reform has expanded insurance coverage and improved access to and reduced the costs of care over the ten-year period from 2008 to 2018. To achieve sustainable goals, attention must be focused on whether and how the reform encourages physicians. This paper highlights the role of physicians, the challenges that need to be addressed, and the direction in which to advance health reform in China from the perspective of physicians. The slowgrowing and aging physician population cannot meet the ever-increasing medical demand. Physicians have a heavy workload, work long hours, have unsatisfactory income, and have a fraught relationship with patients. The situation calls for rethinking the value of physicians and rebuilding trust between physicians and patients. Further healthcare reform is needed to equitably allocate physicians with adequate training, time, and resources to deliver evidence-based practices and patient-centered care.

KEYWORDS: China, healthcare, reform, physicians

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