Health Care Reform in China

  • Song Qichao


Since the founding of the People's Republic of China, the goal of health programs has been to provide care to every member of the population and to make maximum use of limited health-care personnel, equipment, and financial resources. The emphasis has been on preventive rather than curative medicine. The health of the people has been dramatically improved as reflected by the remarkable increase in average life expectancy from about thirty-two years in 1950 to sixty-nine years in 1985.

Author Biography

Song Qichao
Song Qichao, was a visiting scholar at Stanford University when this paper was written, his field is health care and social security reform. Mr. Song holds his Ph.D from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Mr. Song is working for Ministry of Finance of PRC now, and this paper only represents his personal opinion.