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Chinese healthcare system to get $78b injection

Published on Sep 4, 2012 11:07 AM
Healthway Medical Centre in Shanghai, whose customers are 90 per cent local Chinese and 10 per cent are expats. -- PHOTO: HEALTHWAY MEDICAL CORPORATION

(CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Mr Deng Jianping currently spends around 500 yuan (S$98) a month on medicine for blood pressure, diabetes and coronary heart disease.

The 68-year-old Beijinger said his wife has more chronic diseases and her medication costs even more, while his two sons, 42 and 38, also need to take medicine every day for hypertension and heart illness.

Wang and his family are among the more than 260 million Chinese people, around a quarter of the nation’s population, who have been diagnosed with chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases. The Ministry of Health said that around 10 million people in China have contracted chronic diseases every year since 2002.

"Prevention and control of chronic diseases will be one of the seven top tasks of China’s medical care reform by 2020," said Health Minister Chen Zhu.

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