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02.21.14

What is the best way (if any) to control health care costs in China?

By Di Wu

The public recently praised a Chinese doctor in Zhengzhou city because the 4 pills of anti-allergy drug that she prescribed cost only 4 Chinese cents (less than 1 US cent) to treat a 2-year-old patient’s rashes. Many Chinese netizens wish more doctors could behave like this one since expensive drugs are becoming prevalent to treat […]

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01.16.14

Lasting harm from Hepatitis B vaccination scare in China

By Di Wu

A recent major concern about the safety of Hepatitis B vaccines in China has put manufacturers and the health authorities under a spotlight and threatened progress in significantly lowering Hep B infection rate two decades after China added the Hep B vaccine into the newborn immunization plan in 1992. Last month, Chinese media relayed suspicions […]

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11.19.13

It’s All About Legs-Part II: Squeaky Wheel Gets The Oil?

By Di Wu

After I wrapped up last month’s blog post on the ownership of amputated limbs in China, I read an astonishing news story online: a 47-year-old Chinese peasant, Mr. Zheng Yanliang, cut off his diseased right leg to save both his life and healthcare costs. Mr. Zheng lives in Qingyuan County in the Hebei Province, just […]

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06.25.11

Documenting the Food Safety Crisis—Discovering “the Jungle” in China

By Di Wu

A third-year graduate student in Shanghai launched a database of food safety incidents in China last week. The database was established by 34 volunteers within one month. During the research process, the volunteers read 17,268 relevant news articles (10 million Chinese characters in total) and made 2849 entries into the database. The database has an […]

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