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China still lags behind world in healthcare investment


10:26, December 16, 2011

Deterioration of doctor-patient relationships has become one of the year's focal events in China, as tensions continue to mount over the intensifying credibility crisis in the country's medical system.

Many Chinese doctors mockingly refer to themselves as warriors in a battleground, saying they could wind up involved in violent disputes any day at work.

Limited government support for healthcare expenses is a major cause, a problem that forces hospitals to rely on user fees and leaves doctors bent on earning profits by any possible means.

In 2010, China only spent 4.3% of its GDP on healthcare, less than the lowest ratio of 5% advised by the World Health Organization (WHO), reported China Weekly. In the same year, according to the latest WHO statistics, the figure was 8.1% in Japan, 10.4% in Germany, 11.1% in France, and 16.1% in the U.S.

As early as January 2011, Dr. Zhong Nanshan, known as one of the first Chinese scientists to identify the SARS virus, raised the question of whether the government could eventually link investment in healthcare to the country's GDP in a dynamic way. But as of this report, no effective policy has been made to bring about such a change.

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