From Beijing Morning Post (北京晨报), November 2, 2011:
Health minister Chen Zhu, on invitation of the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, gave s speech at the “Chinese Science and Humanities’ Forum”, titled “Let medical science serve the entire people”, and answered students’ questions.
In his speech, Chen Zhu explained that there was an area of misunderstanding, in that there was a belief that the market economy could solve every problem, but that practice tells us that market tools frequently don’t work properly in the area of social services, and the outcome of too much market orientation is that “to get medical treatment is difficult, and expensive”. Current medical reform was “to make basic medical health services public goods, available to all people”. The achievements of the past three years of reform were eminent, as China had established a system of guaranteed basic health services which covered more than 95 per cent of the population. By newly established rural cooperative health systems, rural leukemia and congenital heart disease patients were provided with insurance for major diseases, and nearly one million cataract patients had received free surgery to have their eyesight restored.