Corruption is common throughout China. The healthcare sector has recently become a major focus of Beijing’s anti-corruption efforts, with at least 155 hospital presidents and communist party secretaries investigated this year, more than double the total for the previous year.
In May, 14 Chinese government ministries jointly published the “2023 Essentials for Correcting Irregularities in Pharmaceutical Procurement and Distribution and in the Medical Services,” aiming to address unethical practices within the healthcare industry. These practices include leaking bid prices, illegal benefits disguised as academic activities, and providing kickbacks to healthcare practitioners.
Source: Central News Agency (Taiwan), July 30, 2023