Title

West meets east: Chinese and US doctors addressing the medical ecology and disease management from both countries’ perspectives

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Family Medicine and Community Health

Place of Publication

China

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

RAS ID

19929

Comments

Originally published as: Wang, W. (2015). West meets east: Chinese and US doctors addressing the medical ecology and disease management from both countries’ perspectives. Family Medicine and Community Health, 3(1), 1-3. Original article available here

Abstract

China’s expenditure on health care has increased dramatically over the last 20 years, and three broad trends are seen in the associated health outcomes. Firstly, limited improvements have been achieved to aggregate high-level health outcomes, e.g. infant mortality. Secondly, development of large and widening health inequalities associated with disparate wealth between provinces and a rural-urban divide. Finally, the burden of disease is shifting from predominantly communicable diseases to chronic diseases. n the US, leading primary care doctors have been invited to meet with the President’s health care reform team and put forward suggestions to revitalise primary care in the US. Key issues for reform are changes to the amount and nature of primary care payment systems, investment in primary care infra - structure and organisation, and strategies to attract more local medical students into family practice as a career.

DOI

10.15212/FMCH.2015.0109

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