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Medical union: the pathway to an efficient healthcare system in China
  1. Lei Liu,
  2. Baojie Li
  1. Department of Public Service, First Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, China
  1. Correspondence to Professor Lei Liu, Department of Ophthalmology, First Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang 110001, China; liuleijiao{at}163.com

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Recently, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the need for the rapid development of a basic medical and healthcare system sufficient for the needs of China.1 The main issue with China’s current healthcare reform is that patients seem to be seeking primary care at tertiary hospitals. This causes long wait times, a disorganised referral system and a decrease in patient care as the hierarchical treatment system (referral system) is not used to its full potential.2 Therefore, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China …

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