November 6th, 2013
“I think health reform is not like what some say—a matter of two, three, or four years of efforts, and you get a brand-new health system. So I do not look for one-shot earthshaking effects. Instead, I focus on whether the policies we put in place will be sustainable,” says former Shanghai Vice Mayor Shen Xiaoming in an interview released today as a Web First by Health Affairs. Shanghai, China’s largest city, offers its residents the country’s most advanced health care system. Through a powerful health information technology system, there have been great strides, though challenges remain.
Shen, who served as vice mayor from January 2008 through July 2013, spoke to Tung-Mei Cheng, Policy Research Analyst at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, in Shanghai on June 18, 2013. In addition to reading the interview, you can listen to Cheng discuss her conversation with Vice Mayor Shen and the lessons of the Shanghai experience.Read the rest of this entry »