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Poverty in China: Cost of health care outstrips income growth a major reason

Posted by Author on November 1, 2007

Reuters, Nov 1, 2007-

BEIJING, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Health in parts of rural China is deteriorating despite rising incomes, and commercialised care has ratcheted up costs for those who can least afford them, the head of the World Health Organisation said on Thursday.

Hong Kong-born Margaret Chan said the cost of health care in China was outstripping income growth and that poor health was a major cause of poverty among China’s hundreds of millions of rural residents.

“The payment of providers and fees charged for services has commercialised health care, compelling providers of care to focus on profit rather than the most efficient health services,” she told a conference in Beijing.

“Health education and preventive services are neglected. Why? Because these activities do not guarantee income. As a result, simple conditions are often treated at very high cost.”

The costs of seeing a doctor or staying in hospital are out of reach for many in the world’s fourth-largest economy, and the lack of access combined with corruption has made the issue a source of social unrest……. ( more details from Reuters: Health in rural China worsening, costs rising-WHO)

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