Feeding a Nation’s Healthcare Needs: Chinese Delegation Casts Nets in U.S.

Chinese healthcare reformOnce a tiny fishing village of around 30,000 people 30 years ago, Shenzhen has become one of the largest cities in China with a population of more than 18 million including its surrounding area.  Located in Southern China, this now metropolitan city is a hub of innovation and the frontier for China’s political and business reform.  Driven by an impetus for healthcare reform to address the country’s aging population, today it is casting nets across a much larger body of water, hoping to feed the healthcare needs of a nation.

In December 2016, a delegation of hospital leaders from Shenzhen traveled to the U.S. to meet with healthcare executives at some of our nation’s top academic medical centers and health systems to learn more about hospital management best practices and health system operations.  The delegation included three members of the Public Hospital Administration of Shenzhen, which administrates 13 public hospital systems with more than 15,000 beds, along with presidents of three major Shenzhen hospitals with more than 3,650 beds, collectively.

In light of sweeping reform in China’s healthcare system, of particular interest to these administrators was the integrated delivery system our country is striving to achieve.  They wanted to learn more about transition within the U.S. healthcare market and understand what the U.S. has done, both effectively and unsuccessfully, to effect change.

shenzhen-delegationPYA helped facilitate the visit, which entailed in-depth discussions about: 1) the current and transitioning state of the U.S. healthcare industry—delivery, payment basics, and physician-provider alignment, 2) managing systems with multiple campuses, and 3) managing physicians or physician relationships with hospitals.  The delegation is hoping to create relationships with hospitals and healthcare executives for future collaboration.  These healthcare leaders also expressed a desire for their healthcare administrators to perform rotations in American hospitals.

In casting such a wide net to connect with U.S. healthcare leaders, the Shenzhen contingent trip (and others like it) demonstrates a recognition of problems with China’s current healthcare system and that it is devoting time and resources in order to make informed decisions with regard to healthcare reform.  Further, China has exhibited a willingness to take advice from other countries, specifically America.  This affords great opportunity for China and America—countries with the largest gross domestic product—to work together, forming positive relationships that prove mutually beneficial in shaping the future of care.

To learn more about Chinese healthcare reform and what it means for collaborative opportunities with the U.S., refer to our recent two-part article, “Physicians Bridge Pacific—SCAPE Aims to Effect Quality Healthcare Reform in China.”

PYA provides international business advisory services for companies that are working to enter or expand business into U.S. or China markets.  PYA’s bi-cultural, bi-lingual U.S.-China Business Advisory Services team offers market entry strategy, location studies, investment and holding structuring, tax planning and compliance, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisory, and post-deal integration for industries that include healthcare, consumer markets, financial services, government, industrial markets, infrastructure, manufacturing and technology, media and telecommunications, and private equity.

If you would like more information about healthcare reform in China or U.S.-China Business Advisory Services, contact one of our executives below, (800) 270-9629.

Eric Elliott

Eric Elliott


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