China aims to better regulate drug prices, boost pay for doctors

An expensive medical bill can include the cost of a doctor’s diagnosis, medical supplies and drugs. In order to reduce the financial burden on patients, China is looking at ways to lower costs on the latter two and increase treatment fees for doctors.

It’s an idea that’s already been put into practice. Sanming city in East China’s Fujian province introduced such reforms in 2012. Nine years later, the city’s success means the scheme is being replicated in public hospitals across Shanghai and 10 provinces, including Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Sichuan and Qinghai.

Source: World Trade Times12