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China Releases New Health Plan With Controls On ”Necessary Drugs”

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

Chinese officials unveiled a national health care-reform plan that would create a separate department for buying the nation's pharmaceuticals. Currently, that health sector is contained in one department along with the public health service, medical treatment and medical insurance. The draft proposal released for public debate envisions gradual increases in total health expenditures to reduce the burden on individuals. The plan includes a basic-medicine system listing necessary drugs to be made and distributed under government control and supervision to prevent efforts to circumvent government price controls. (Click here for more

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