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Beijing plans healthcare for everyone

Wall Street Journal (subscription required), October 20, 2008

China has unveiled an ambitious plan to achieve universal healthcare. The plan lays out in broad strokes plans to introduce greater healthcare funding and control prices. The current system leaves out much of the population and forces the rest to pay heavy out-of-pocket expenses. Overhauling China's healthcare system has global significance, given the country's demographic heft, its frequent role as epicenter of infectious diseases, and its growing importance in health innovations.