More than 40 international standard hospitals, many partnered with leading academic medical centers from around the world and built using the latest technologies and hospital design standards, are under construction or now open. As a physician, work in a cutting-edge facility, collaborating with colleagues from around the world.
Due to rapid lifestyle and environment changes, amongst other things, Chinese patients are experiencing some of the highest NCD rates in the world, from Type 2 diabetes to certain types of cancers. Having experienced the movement of 400 million people into the middle class in the past two decades, Chinese patients are hungry for high quality, relationship based healthcare. As a physician in China, the scale of impact you can have will far exceed what is likely possible in your home country.
China leads the world in the development and adoption of new technologies. From mobile devices to cashless payments to artificial intelligence, China has become the undisputed world leader in many emerging technology areas. As a physician in China, you’ll be on the front-lines for experiencing the future of medicine, even having an opportunity to shape that future. Many of China’s leading international-standard hospitals are partnering with China’s technology giants to pioneer new approaches to telemedicine, the use of AI is diagnosis, and the use of mobile apps for the delivery of preventive healthcare services. In China, you’ll be riding the wave toward the future of global medicine.
For physicians who have a passion for research, China needs you. China is forecast to soon lead the world as a location for clinical research work. Yet, massive challenges remain, including the development of stronger research protocols and ethical study design, robust methodologies for analysis, and high quality sites for research studies. For a research focused overseas physician, there is a tremendous opportunity to create a future generation of world-class Chinese physician scientists. For internationally experienced physicians who work in China and involve in clinical research activities, there is an opportunity to build a legacy that will last for multiple generations.
China’s healthcare system is rapidly developing, but here are a few key points that those considering working in China should know.
First, China has a system of national health insurance and government hospitals and clinics, with the highest level, large urban area tertiary hospitals referred to as 3A hospitals. The 1,200 3A hospitals in China tend to be massive - typically with 3,000 or more beds, more than 20,000 patients on a typical day, and utilization levels exceeding 115%. China is only at the early stages of developing primary care system; presently, most patients self refer directly to a specialist at a large urban hospital. The government, however, has a determined plan to increase the number of family medicine physicians in China from 100,000 to 300,000 over the current 10 year period and there is a strong focus on developing a system for outpatient, community health centers to take care of the primary heath needs of the majority of the population. The expansion of clinical research is also a major focus currently for many 3A hospitals.
For expatriate physicians working in China, you’ll almost certainly be employed in China’s private healthcare sector. Private healthcare is a relatively new phenomena in China, introduced over the past 15-20 years. In the first phase of growth, several international standard, high quality healthcare centers opened, typically catering to expatriate executives and wealthy Chinese, offering care in hospitals that had 15-25 beds; many were specialized in areas such as maternity care. In the last 3-5 years, the situation has changed significantly. There are now several international standard tertiary hospitals with 500 or more beds, advanced practice areas such as cancer centers, and systems of outpatient clinics, urgent care & day surgery medical centers and tertiary hospitals, with seamless integration across the network. International hospitals are also expanding into cities aside from just Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, bringing international standard care to places like Chengdu, Chongqing, and Nanjing for the first time. Most of these accept of mix of health insurance and out-of-pocket cash payers, with some pilot projects underway to accept national health insurance as well, at least as partial payment for services. These international hospitals typically operate to JCI standards and have multi-national, multi-lingual care teams. Many are partnered with leading global AMCs, such as the Massachusetts General Hospital, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and MD Anderson, as well as leading Asia Pacific medical providers such as Parkway and Raffles.
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David Mitchell, a Managing Partner with AGS, is a long-time human capital executive. Most recently, David was the Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Jiahui Health, where he led the organization’s human capital function as Jiahui grew from 15 to 600 staff, including the opening of Shanghai’s largest private tertiary hospital, as well as multiple outpatient locations. During this time, David also served as the initiative leader for NEJM, an initiative of Jiahui Medical Research and Education, to publish a Chinese-language, digital version of selected content from the New England Journal of Medicine. Prior to that, David served as an Asia Pacific practice leader for a leading global HR consulting firm, as well as the China general manager of a global top 3 HR software provider. He is driven by a desire to create a global, engaged network of Chinese-speaking physicians who united by the mission to share their experience, serve with purpose, and mentor a new generation of medical professionals in support of international-standard medicine and clinical research in China.