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Conference focuses on patients’rights and basic health care in China

Should Chinese patients have a right to confidentiality, informed consent and a second opinion from another doctor before treatment? Who is accountable if mistakes are made? And how can the Chinese health system provide basic medical care to 1.3 billion citizens? The First Chinese-European Health Law Conference on 21 May 2016 at Tsinghua University in Beijing, co-organised by the China-EU School of Law, will take a close look at these questions. Scholars from China and Europe and representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) discuss both patients’ rights and the drafting of China’s Basic Health Care Law.

Since 2009, China has spent approximately three trillion yuan on health care reform. The Chinese government has announced its intention to establish a low-cost health care system to provide basic medical services to all Chinese citizens until 2020. Still, the system struggles with a fragmented retail market, a scarcity of medical staff and high costs for the treatment of certain diseases such as diabetes or cancer.

The First Chinese-European Health Law Conference is organised by Tsinghua University, the China-EU School of Law at the China University of Political Science and Law, Paul Sabatier University, the China Health Law Society and the European Association of Health Law. Simultaneous interpretation in Chinese and English will be provided. On 22 May, a Young Researchers Forum”will bring together especially young scholars specialising in Health Law.

Contact: Rao Hao, rh13@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn, and Qi Chen, qijchen@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn.