Speaker: YuanLi Liu, Dean, School of Public Health, CAMS & Peking Union Medical College (PUMC)
Writer: Christiane Zhao
“An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of treatment”, Dr Liu started with a quote said by John. B Grant. Dr Liu quickly goes through the healthcare journey of China, covered from the public health campaigns to the success of universal health insurance coverage. In 2009, China implemented its first Healthcare Reform Policies, and on November 2012, Xi became the new leaders of this country. 2016 is marked as a historical year where China held its National Health and Wellness Conference in Beijing. Both President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang attended the meeting; President Xi gave a two hours speech without a script to talk about the shift from the sick-care system to the healthcare system. In the same year, China published its health action plan called: “Healthy China 2030”. The development of such a strategical plan is not only meant to build upon on China’s own healthcare experiences but also moderated by several western models, including the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion.
In 2019, Healthy China 2030 is implemented.
For the first time in this country, this strategic plan is outcome-oriented, targeted social determinants of health and value proportion from both social and political determinants. There are 15 Initiatives for the Healthy China Action(2019-2030), including six initiative targeting the major determinants, and five specific targeted disease programmes and four targeted population groups.
During the early stage of the implementation, we are still not sure which direction this public health strategic programme will go.
“Chinese have this old saying, the sky is high, and the emperor is far away”, Dr.Liu is closing his presentation with two questions, “how can we make the local leaders act? In addition to that, how can we make people change their lifestyles?”
Declaimer: This article is generated based on a talk given at the 9th US-CHina Health Summit in Boston, the United States in 26th September 2019. The views and opinions expressed in this article only reflect the speaker’s opinion and does not necessarily reflect the author’s official policy or position. All rights reserved.