China’s efforts to reform and improve its woeful public health care system have turned out to be easier than anybody could ever have expected.
In the end, all China needed to do was engineer the appointment of China national Margaret Chan as head of the World Health Organization.
Chan has repaid the favor, praising China’s health care efforts following a meeting with Premier Wen Jiabao this week.
“China has made great progress in building a public disease surveillance and prevention system and has made a huge investment in the field of public health since the 2003 SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) outbreak,” Chan told China Daily.
“I’ve noticed that the Chinese Government has made unremitting efforts to improve medical services, especially for the rural population and disadvantaged urban groups.”
Problem solved. Now China can turn its attention to its environmental woes. Forget about dealing with energy efficiency or wastewater discharge, China should simply concentrate on getting its man or woman elected to head the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
If it plays its cards right, expect a clean, green China to be declared sometime in the next couple of years.