World’s Biggest Health Care System Goes Under the Knife

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

SHENZHEN, CHINA—In most Chinese hospitals, teeming waiting rooms and forlorn patients wheeling intravenous drips through dingy, ill-lit halls are troubling but typical sights. University of Hong Kong (HKU)-Shenzhen Hospital, however, is anything but typical. Its gleaming wards and labs, opened to outpatients last July, are at the vanguard of China’s health care reforms.

The hospital here in Shenzhen, the crucible of China’s economic rebirth, is the brainchild of China’s health ministry, which convinced the local government to put up $56.2 million for the 350,000-square-meter complex across the border from Hong Kong.

Source: Science (link opens in a new window)

Health Care
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