China’s Health Minister Chen Zhu recently announced a plan to reform the health system and provide a national service for all citizens, including the rural population.

According to a BBC report, Healthy China 2020 will be similar to the UK’s National Health Service providing universal health service and promote equal access to public services.

Finding the right mix of government support and consumer responsibility is a challenge, even for countries that have had universal coverage for a while. A number of European countries who heretofore have had comprehensive coverage are making changes to their systems as they face a large ageing population growth.

The report doesn’t give much detail on how China expects to organize this massive undertaking but as we learn more we’ll let you know. We can only hope that the Chinese learn from the mistakes of others.