Managing a China Hospital? Be Careful of New Laws!

So you can’t add a new outpatient block to your hospital in 3 days? Sorry, you won’t be able to accept any new patients. Although this may seem strange to you, I actually encountered this situation when working in China. I have previously talked about the differences in how laws in China can be interpreted and implemented, and if you’ve read those posts then you can understand that variations exist between provinces and cities. This same phenomenon exists with the introduction of new laws. Typically new laws come down from the Ministry of Health and lower levels such as the

Implementation of Healthcare Laws

I think everyone knows the SWOT model. One of the external threats (or opportunities) is that of government. For a hypothetical example, if you have a business selling widgets and the government passes a law stating that only they can produce and sell widgets then that could kill your company. In some countries the threat posed by government intervention is low with the law being stable and the government having a very low influence on the healthcare industry – with laws being well established and new laws only being introduced after industry-wide consultation and plenty of warning. Many Western countries