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China Moves to Liberalise Private Healthcare Regime

Further reforms to China’s healthcare provisions were approved during the 22 May Executive Meeting of the State Council.

Overall, two particular priorities were identified:  

  • Reducing Restrictions and Operational Requirements for Private Hospitals
    No government-mandated limits will be set on the number and geographical distribution of private medical institutions. In addition, healthcare practitioners on the state payroll or on unpaid leave will be free to open their own medical institutions. Furthermore, a switch to a record-filing system for private clinics (as opposed to the need to secure prior approval) will be piloted in 10 cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Shenyang throughout the course of 2019 and 2020.
  • Easing Insurance Requirements with Regard to Payments to Private Healthcare Establishments
    Private hospitals will be granted the same status as other approved hospitals when it comes to medical insurance and the cross-provincial direct settlement of medical bills. This is in order to optimise the overall number of patients receiving treatment.

For further details (in Chinese), please access the following link:

Li Keqiang Chairs Executive Meeting of State Council (22 May 2019)

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