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Medical Equipment in the People's Republic of China: A Survey of Medical Equipment Procurement, Utilization, and Maintenance in University-Affiliated Hospitals between 1976 and 1987

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 March 2009

John W. Peabody
World Health Organization
Joseph M. Schmitt
National Institutes of Health


We report results of a survey of medical equipment purchasing, utilization, and maintenance practices in 12 Chinese tertiary-care hospitals. A dramatic increase in expenditures on medical equipment was found to have occurred after 1979, mainly resulting from purchases of imported equipment. Based on survey results and on personal observations, recommendations are given for reducing equipment-related costs through the development of clinical engineering services.

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