Dr. Powell compares the American and Chinese Healthcare Systems
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China and the United States are both in the process of undergoing healthcare reform. In 2009, China announced its healthcare reform, which it elaborated upon through the 12th Five-Year Plan released by the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party in 2011. After considerable debate, the US launched its own series of reforms, with the HITECH Act, which was a component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which was a standalone entity that was enacted in 2010. While both reforms were created in part to increase access to health insurance, they were created for differing reasons and do so in different ways. After comparing the two reforms and their resulting healthcare systems, three general themes emerge; healthcare systems are influenced by national objectives, the structure of the government, and economic conditions.
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