Health Problems and Health Equality in the Transitional Period
Despite achieving significant developments in terms of health services in China, the reform of public services has yet to show relevant results, such as how to establish health services in line with the socialist market economic system. With an overemphasis on market-oriented and industrialized medical care, the efficiency and equity of the health reform have even been subject to decline to some extent. The high cost and lack of accessibility of medical treatment caused by rapidly rising medical expenses has become an economic and social hot topic of general concern. This article mainly addresses the causes and roots of the challenges and problems faced by health services in the course of economic transformation. It provides some opinions and suggestions on how to enhance the efficiency and fairness in the development of the health sector in a socialist market economic system, and how to bring into full play the role of medical care and health security in the construction of a harmonious society.