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China’s population has aged much faster than other populations, and this rapid aging poses challenges to healthcare, among which the most common are a surging healthcare expenditure and a rising difficulty in managing the 'iron triangle'. China’s population has aged much faster than other populations, and the proportion of elderly among the total population is set to remain very high for years to come. The average time taken by developed countries for the percentage of the population above 65 years old to increase from 7% to 17% was 60 years, but China is expected to take only 30 years to reach the same level.  By 2050, the proportion of the population over 65 in China is projected to reach 34%, which is comparable with Denmark, and much higher than the US (26%). Increased longevity and lower fertility rate are typically the two main factors that contribute to an aging population. In the case of China, the strict family planning policy (one-child policy) implemented in 1980 has played a key role in the country’s rapid shift in population structure. As each family is only allowed to have one child, China’s fertility rate has dropped sharply in the wake of the policy, resulting in a declining percentage of young population. This is a key factor that we need to bear in mind when looking at China’s unique healthcare challenges. Rapid aging poses challenges to healthcare, among which the most common are a surging healthcare expenditure, and a rising difficulty in managing the ‘iron triangle’ - access, cost and quality, the three core aspects of healthcare that need to be balanced by any healthcare regulator. So what are the unique constraints that China faces because of aging?
 
China is the only developing country with aging at a level comparable to many developed countries. This means . . . . read more
 

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