China forbids linking doctors’ incomes, medical expenses

The Chinese government on Wednesday released a guideline on its basic medicine system that forbids hospitals from linking doctors’ incomes with their patients’ medicine and medical exam expenses. Some hospitals link doctors’ pay with revenues earned through medication sales and exam fees, creating greater economic burdens for patients. The guideline, released by the health reform […]

China plans pay-after medical payment system

Patients will be able to “pay after” they receive medical treatment as part of a new payment method, China’s Ministry of Health revealed Tuesday. According to Jiao Yahui, an official with the MOH medical administration division, more than 20 provincial regions are carrying out pilot programs for this method in local hospitals. In response to […]

One H5N1 patient dies in SW China

One of two people confirmed by the Ministry of Health to have contracted avian influenza H5N1 died in a hospital in southwest China’s city of Guiyang Wednesday morning. The patient, a 21-year-old woman, died of multiple organ failure at the Guizhou Provincial People’s Hospital at 9:41 a.m. Wednesday. The woman and the other patient, a […]

TCM maker urged to boost drug awareness

China’s drug safety watchdog has ordered traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) maker Yunnan Baiyao to boost awareness of one of its drug’s side effects and remind patients to use it properly. Yunnan Baiyao manufactures a drug of the same name that is used to treat open wounds and muscle pain. The composition of the drug is […]

Chinese cigarette output up 2.4 pct in 2012

Output and sales of Chinese cigarettes rose less than 2.4 percent in 2012 from the previous year, an industry official said on Thursday. The country planted 21.18 million mu (1.51 million hectares) of flue-cured tobacco in 2012, said Jiang Chengkang, head of the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration. The crops brought 44,500 yuan (7,063 U.S. dollars) […]

Vice premier Li Keqiang urges cares for rural doctors

Vice premier Li Keqiang urges cares for rural doctors

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang has called for improvements in rural doctors’ lives and working environments, describing them as “guardians” of the country’s grassroots medical service network. During a symposium with 18 model doctors on Saturday, Li said, “You’ve been doing the most noble-minded deeds in isolated and arduous regions… You fully demonstrate benevolence as […]

Shanghai encourages single-child couples to have baby

Family planning authorities in Shanghai Municipality are encouraging couples who are both a single child themselves to have a second baby. Single-child couples are allowed to have an additional baby under China’s family planning policy. However, a survey showed such couples are only having on average 1.2 babies in the city, Huang Hong, director with […]

China’s Red Cross Society sets up outsider scrutiny committee

The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) has set up a special committee to supervise the collection and management of donation, a move to improve transparency as it suffers mistrust. The committee members were chosen from the public, including professionals, celebrities and volunteers with academic, legal, financial, medical and media backgrounds, said the RCSC said […]

Chongqing to set up teenage healthcare clinic

The expert panel for the seventh project of the United Nations Population Fund(UNPFA)on sexual and reproductive health of teenagers came to Chongqing on November 4. According to an expert, Chongqing Municipal Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital and its counterpart in Yuzhong District will set up a healthcare clinic for teenagers in 2013, providing physical […]