This week in Washington DC, I had the opportunity to sit down with the Shanghai Media Group for a 15 minute Q&A on the state of reforms and key pilot projects specific to China’s social and healthcare systems. The questions we discussed are below, and the TV link will follow when it is available to viewers:
1.The social security issue is always the focus of Chinese people. Can you give a general evaluation of China’s achievements and shortcomings on this issue?
2.The Chinese government has proposed to speed up several fundamental reforms, including the reforms on social security since December 2016. In your opinion, how can the Chinese government enhance people’s access to social security while balancing government financing and individual premium collection?（the Chinese government is taking a heavy financial burden. On the one hand, the government subsidies in social security keeps increasing. On the other hand, people’s individual premium collection stagnates.）
3.How do you think of China’s elderly care and its current situation? What are the challenges in your opinion?
4.What is the most urgent issue for China when it comes to elderly care?
5.In your opinion, how to improve China’s elderly care services in face of an aging population?
6.What do you think of China’s universal healthcare scheme since China established its health insurance system?
7.What are the shortcomings in China’s existing health insurance system in your opinion? Do you expect any problems in the future?
8.Can you compare China’s healthcare system with the one in the United States? How do you think we can learn from each other?
What do you think? As a private sector operator, what do you see as the biggest gaps that remain in China’s social and healthcare sectors, in particular those that limit your firm’s ability and willingness to invest more?