In 2017, the National Committee established a new Track II dialogue between the United States and China to discuss issues surrounding healthcare faced by both nations, in partnership with the National School of Development (NSD) at Peking University. Under the theme, “Providing Effective Healthcare,” this new ongoing dialogue examines the effectiveness of the healthcare systems in China and the United States and recommends ways to better measure and manage the delivery and efficiency of healthcare in the two countries. In addressing the topic, participants consider the current plans of and challenges facing both nations, including, in the case of China, the proposals for “Healthy China” set out in the 13th Five-Year Plan, and, in the case of the United States, ongoing changes to the healthcare system.

The dialogue participants are evenly divided between the United States and China, and are experts in the field, along with corporate representatives from different industrial sectors. The United States team is led by Dr. Mark McClellan, former commissioner of the FDA and administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The leader of the Chinese delegation is Dr. Liu Qian, former vice minister of the Ministry of Health. Heading the NSD’s efforts is Dr. Gordon Liu, a leading expert on health and development economics who sits on the China State Council Health Reform Advisory Commission.

2018 U.S.-China Track II Dialogue on Healthcare

January 19, 2018 to January 21, 2018

The second healthcare dialogue was held in Beijing from January 19 to 21, 2018. Our co-organizer, the National School of Development at Peking University, hosted the group at the Yanqi Lake International Convention Center, located in the northern suburbs of the city. This gathering brought together participants from both China and the United States, consisting of experts in the field and representatives of major healthcare companies, as well as seven observers from both countries. Following up on the broad discussions in the previous dialogue, the two sides focused on reforming healthcare to improve population health; the opportunities of big data and information technology; how to reform payment and delivery systems; and how to encourage innovation in each country.

Following the dialogue, the two sides developed a consensus agreement, documenting areas of discussion and recommendations to both countries.

The next dialogue will take place in the United States in the fall of 2018.

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