This policy is also fraught with political risk. The average Chinese expects the government to provide health care at no cost. Many Chinese families rationalize the damage to their environment and food supply because they believe that the eventual economic progress will result in social benefits, of which health care is the most basic and essential. Chinese health care consumers have long been wary of private health care, largely because of the negative experiences many had with small privately-run clinics that proliferated across the country in the ’90s.
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