ABC radioâ€™s Background Briefing has aÂ disturbing programme on the Chinese healthcare system.Â (you can download the mp3 or read the transcript). Â Market forces, and greed have cross-pollinated to produce a health system geared to milk the rich and ignore the poor.Â Want your nipples bleached? No problems.Â Spinal injury from the poorer part of town?Â Sorry, no can do.
Privatisation of health care in China has failed, and Beijing knows there may be social and political unrest as a result. The rich can buy good care – but for others the biggest concerns are incompetence, frayed services, and misery. In the case of a viral pandemic, weaknesses in the health system in China could affect the whole world.