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Why China’s Drug and Vaccine Scandals Will Dwarf the Food Scandals

It was the 2008 melamine baby powder scandal that finally made food safety a national priority in China. And the 2016 vaccine scandal may be what similarly finally wakes Chinese consumers up to the issue of drug safety. Unfortunately, sick newborns may again be the mobilizing image. Drug scandals have been happening in China for […]

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How China’s “Puff Daddies” Became the World’s Biggest Smokers (Probably)

What do you get when you put the 650M Chinese men who are the world’s biggest smokers in the China’s most polluted cities? And then wait for +20 years? You get approximately 20M super-smoking men. A group that has likely inhaled more carcinogens than any other human beings alive. I call this group of men […]

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How Investment Bankers Can Save Chinese Hospitals

Hospitals are the great exception to the China success story. The private ones are mostly small and appropriately distrusted. The public ones are usually like time traveling back to 1980. While more trusted in terms of actual care, they are operational chaos. And despite lots of recent hype and hope, neither appear to be going […]

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Why Healthcare Apps Are Failing in China

More than a thousand Chinese healthcare apps have been launched in the past five years. These startups, targeting the seemingly super-hot intersection of booming smartphone usage and modernizing healthcare, were supposed to be the next big thing. And many have been backed by top venture capitalists and leading Chinese companies such as Alibaba Group Holding, […]

The Relapsing-Remitting Sclerosis of China’s Healthcare System

 But first, please sign up on the upper right to stay in contact. Thanks. Healthcare is one of those subjects I obsess about. The dollars are huge (e.g., $3 trillion in the USA). It is uber- complicated. And as the government is perpetually involved, things are always economically contorted. You can find ridiculous profits and […]