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Health Care in China

Tsung O. Cheng, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1977;137(1):124. doi:10.1001/archinte.1977.03630130086020.
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To the Editor.—  I read with interest the first-hand report of acute myocardial infarction in an American traveler in China (written by the patient and his doctor) that appeared in the July issue of the Archives (136:804-806, 1976).There are two ways to appreciate organization of the health care system in the People's Republic of China: an on-site visit as an objective observer such as many recent travelers to China have done; or by becoming a patient in a Chinese hospital such as the co-author of the article did. I was visiting China as the head of another American medical delegation1 at the same time as the American schistosomiasis delegation from the National Academy of Sciences. The members of my delegation jokingly referred to them as the "American Schistosomes," because we constantly rubbed shoulders with one another on the city streets in China throughout the visit. We often ate


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