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Shandong imposes traditional Chinese medicine quotas on hospital prescriptions

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Despite growing skepticism about the efficiency of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), in 2017 the Chinese government invested in its promotion as part of the country’s cultural heritage. Some local authorities have even included TCM as part of elementary school curricula. The latest effort is a January 3 announcement (in Chinese) from the Health Bureau of Shandong Province.

One rule specifies that at least 60 percent of prescriptions at TCM hospitals and 40 percent at integrative (combined regular/TCM) hospitals must be for TCM treatments. Other rules set quotas for medical staff who have TCM training, encourage doctors to study TCM, and call for the establishment of different TCM departments.

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Jiayun Feng

Jiayun is a Chinese native and was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attended the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for its Global & Joint Program Studies, which allows her to pursue a journalistic career along with her interest in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.