The largest private hospital in China – Aier Eye Hospitals – has changed eye care in China.
China is home to almost one-fifth of the world’s blind, but many of them are suffering from treatable causes of blindness, like cataracts. Because of this, the Chinese government implemented reforms to encourage more private health institutions to enter the health market, reports IFC.org.
How Aier works:
“Aier adapted a multi-tier network of hospitals to ophthalmology and introduced it to China. The network model lowers costs through efficiencies as lower tier hospitals in smaller cities refer patients to larger, more sophisticated hospitals. Preventative and primary care is conducted through its outpatient department, with services offered in retail stores, community eye clinics and through partnerships with public schools.
Doctors and equipment are shared across the network. A published schedule of tiered pricing reduces corrupt practices by doctors—like collecting side payments or prescribing unneeded drugs. A strong reputation for quality enables Aier to subsidize prices for lower-income patients with higher prices for discretionary procedures like LASIK surgery, which is paid out-of-pocket by more affluent patients. As a result, Aier accepts patients, regardless of income level.” (Source)
Aier Eye Hospitals held their national conference earlier this month and Dr. Ming Wang was the keynote speaker. Aier has announced they are launching a US operation called Aier-USA. Dr. Ming Wang has been appointed its CEO. Its headquarters will be in Nashville and they will build many eye centers throughout the US, creating lots of jobs.
See photos from the Aier national conference: