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China's poor public health care has hindered coronavirus fight

Small steps like latex gloves help more than huge hospitals

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, center, speaks with medical workers at Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital on Jan. 27: the challenge to improve Chinese health care services mirrors the broader challenges facing Beijing.   © Xinhua/AP

Since China is seen globally as a rapidly rising economic power capable of engineering marvels -- from bridges and roads to high speed trains -- some assume Chinese health care is developing just as fast. But as China's delayed, haphazard response to the coronavirus outbreak shows, the reality is that health care has not kept up pace -- and the government is to blame.

Delivery of high quality, effective medical care and public health solutions in China suffers from a variety of problems. One of the most challenging is low levels of human capital in health care systems.

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