Introduction to China's Health Care
Jian Hua Foundation Medical Services has many years of experience in short- and long-term medical programs in China.
Healthcare services in China have undergone major changes since she adopted an open-door policy to the rest of the world during the 1980's. The major shift in healthcare provision over the last twenty years has been from a socialized healthcare service (one aspect of the "iron-rice bowl" provision of the Mao-era) to the market system of today. The introduction of market forces has meant that healthcare providers are now competing to provide services. Whilst this has led to significant benefits for the more affluent areas, the associated healthcare costs mean that these services are fast becoming unaffordable for much of the general population.
Financial responsibility for healthcare services has been gradually decentralized which has meant that poorer provinces and counties struggle to raise funds required to maintain the healthcare services. This has resulted in chronic under-funding in all aspects of the medical services including staff salaries, maintenance of health facilities, disease prevention work and investment in training.
JHFMS is working in partnership with local authorities to address some of these needs.
If you are a medical professional and would like more information about serving with JHF either long- or short-term then please contact us at JHF Medical.