Elsevier and PMPH to Co-Publish China’s Former Minister of Health, Chen Zhu’s Book on Health Reforms in China

English translation of book, "Healthy China 2020 Strategic Research Report", will make documentation of China's medical and healthcare reforms widely available and accessible for reference around the world 

Beijing, June 9, 2014

Elsevier, the world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and People’s Medical Publishing House (PMPH), China, announced today their agreement to jointly-publish the English edition of Healthy China 2020 Strategic Research Report by China’s former Minister of Health, Chen Zhu, who served as editor-in-chief on the book.

Published by PMPH in Chinese in August 2012, Healthy China 2020 Strategic Research Report details China’s health reforms over the last 60 years. It includes candid discussions on the major health issues and challenges faced by the country as well as a comprehensive look at the strategic priorities, development goals and practical policy recommendations to take China’s healthcare system forward into the future.

“With the advancement of healthcare reforms in China, we have to proactively address increasingly complex issues and concerns”, said Dr. Chen, now Vice-Chairman of the National People’s Congress, China. “That will require better coordination amongst the relevant governmental departments to shift the focus from disease diagnosis and treatment to prevention and control, establishing robust public funding mechanisms, reducing individual contribution to health care expenses as well as integrating the health care systems from both urban and rural regions.”

“We are glad for this opportunity to co-publish Dr. Chen’s book in English with Elsevier and introduce it to the rest of world,” said Mr. Chen Xianyi, President of PMPH. “Elsevier has an outstanding reputation as a global publisher and information provider, and we believe that working with Elsevier will help distribute the information contained in this book to places where it’s needed.”

Youngsuk “YS” Chi, Chairman of Elsevier, commented, “Over the past two decades, China has significantly ramped up its commitment to public health, and particularly so in the past decade. Making the English edition of this book available is a step forward in ensuring that the valuable lessons China has learned are disseminated globally.”

“Elsevier has a long history of supporting research in China since the 1980s and we are privileged to be an integral contributor to the growing medical research and practices communities in China,” said Yukun Harsono, Managing Director of Elsevier for the Greater China region. “We are delighted to support China in its efforts to enhance health care research and to provide universal national health services within the country”.

The translated version of Healthy China 2020 Strategic Research Report is expected to be available by mid-2015.


About People’s Medical Publishing House
People’s Medical Publishing House Co., Ltd (PMPH) is the leading medical publisher in China. It produces books, journals and e-products including medical textbooks, clinical references, and patient education books both in western medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). PMPH publishes 3000 new titles and new editions annually and has prestigious local and international author teams.

PMPH is headquartered in Beijing and employs more than 1000 people in and outside China. The company has 10 wholly-owned subsidiaries, including PMPH-USA, the Radegast Lakeview Hotel and Conference Center in Beijing, the PMPH Printing House, and the Beijing International Exhibition Company.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com

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