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Is there a cure for China’s ailing healthcare system?

The ruling Communist Party must urgently address the concerns of patients and doctors

By Yuan Ren  












A patient rests as others queue up to enter a hospital in Shanghai © Eugene Hoshiko/AP/Press Association Images

Amid the buzz surrounding China’s plans for economic reform at the Third Plenary Session of the Central Committee last month was an issue close to the hearts of its people—improvements to public healthcare.

Deteriorating patient-doctor relationships have been the focus of intense public debate in China this year and leading up to the Plenum after a string of…

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