FOX News – China aims to double doctor numbers as cure for healthcare woes
China will almost double the number of its general doctors by 2020, trim its public sector and improve technology as it seeks to fix a healthcare system plagued by snarling queues and poor rural services, its main administrative authority has said.
China’s fast-growing healthcare market is a magnet for global drug makers, medical device firms and hospital operators, all looking to take a slice of a healthcare bill expected to hit $1 trillion by 2020, according to McKinsey & Co.
“Healthcare resources overall are insufficient, quality is too low, our structures are badly organized and service systems fragmented. Parts of the public hospital system have also become bloated,” China’s State Council said in a five-year roadmap announced late on Monday.
NJ Spotlight – Officials urged to take public health into account when mapping out future
It might seem like a dull subject for policy wonks, but there’s a growing awareness that local government policies and planning can have a direct impact on public health.
That’s why towns and counties in New Jersey are being urged to assess the public-health impact of planning and policy decisions. .
Over the past year, Rutgers University policy experts have been working on four “health impact assessments” around the state.
There are many ways that local decisions can affect health, from maintaining clean water and fostering the development of healthcare facilities to encouraging walking and bicycling. Even projects that aren’t normally thought of as health-related, such as economic development that helps create good jobs, can have a positive effect on residents’ health.

The Washington Post – New hepatitis C drugs are costing Medicare billions
Medicare spent $4.5 billion last year on new, pricey medications that cure the liver disease hepatitis C — more than 15 times what it spent the year before on older treatments for the disease, previously undisclosed federal data shows.
The extraordinary outlays for these breakthrough drugs, which can cost $1,000 a day or more, will be borne largely by federal taxpayers, who pay for most of Medicare’s prescription drug program. But the expenditures will also mean higher deductibles and maximum out-of-pocket costs for many of the program’s 39 million seniors and disabled enrollees, who pay a smaller share of its cost, experts and federal officials said.

ABC News – An apple a day may not keep the doctor away after all, a new study finds
An apple a day probably won’t keep the doctor away, but it may keep you out of the pharmacy, a new study has found.
Researchers from Dartmouth Medical School decided to find out whether the old adage about eating the crunchy fruit daily and staying healthy is actually true. To do so, they followed the apple eating habits of more than 8,000 people for three years, according to the study they published in today’s JAMA Internal Medicine.