China Development Research Center of the State Council visit Imperial College to learn about the NHS

By Kalipso Chalkidou Nov. 2, 2016

“In October 2016, Imperial College’s Global Health and Development Group hosted, at the request of the FCO China, the National Development Research Center of the State Council and the China Development Research Foundation, to offer an overview of the NHS and the politics of the 2012 reforms. Alex Carter, health economist at IGHI and Nick Timmins, former Financial Times health correspondent and currently a fellow of the Nuffield Trust, discussed with the visitors the structure of the NHS, the current challenges and the nature and impact of the 2012 healthcare reforms.

The delegation was led by Mr. Zhang Laiming, Vice President (Vice Minister), of the Development Research Center of the State Council (DRC) and their Imperial session formed part of a bigger visit to various public sector bodies and think tanks in the UK and will inform DRC’s current thinking on  “deepening the reform of social security and welfare system in China”. This is the latest of a series of visits and exchanges between DRC and the GHD team (formerly NICE International).”