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March 16 Press Conference Highlights (the city's health reform program)

Xu Jianguang, director of Shanghai Health Bureau

ICS:I have a question for Mr. Xu from the perspective of our foreign viewers. You mentioned that Shanghai has wholly foreign-owned clinics, but foreign investment is not allowed in general hospitals unless these hospitals are joint ventures. Will the bureau offer incentives in the future to encourage foreign and private investment in hospitals? By the way, do you mean that people who are well-off, with higher demands can go to high-end medical facilities while middle- and low-income people and those living on welfare can get treatment in basic healthcare centers? Thank you.

Xu Jianguang:We strongly encourage private and foreign investment in the development of modern healthcare services. Previously, we had some restrictions on foreign investment in the domestic medical market. Last year, the State Council issued a circular, encourage private and foreign investment in China’s healthcare market. We’ve worked out incentives. In the past, only medical joint ventures were authorized. At present, funds from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are allowed into the local healthcare market as a pilot scheme carried out in some provinces and municipalities including Shanghai. To boost foreign investment in the domestic healthcare market, the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Commerce gave the local governments the right of approval last year and adjusted taxes for foreign-funded medical establishments, exempting them of the business tax. These are national policies. In Shanghai, we are giving priority to non-state investment, including foreign funds. I believe more preferential policies are on the way to attract foreign investment to the healthcare market. That’s for your first question.

Secondly, people with high income are encouraged to see doctors in non-public or private hospitals that have better skills and services. As I mentioned before, we are currently focusing on public hospitals that offer basic healthcare. We must guarantee basic healthcare for all Shanghai residents first. If some of them want to go to high-end and special hospitals, they are free to do so. Thank you.