Editorial: China’s Health Care Reformers Seek to Get Overhaul Right

China’s health care reform, which has taken place by fits and starts, took a step forward this month, with 20 provincial-level governments revealing plans to put an end to drug-price markups at public hospitals. This will reduce the incentive to doctors to overprescribe or push more-expensive drugs on patients.

The municipal government of Beijing took a bold step on April 8 by scrapping a 15% drug price markup on medicines sold at public hospitals while allowing hospital administrators to raise their consultation fees and prices of certain medical services such as operations and nursing care to cover any deficiencies that may subsequently appear in their budgets.

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