The United States is counting on receiving the majority of its medical care from China, where the coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 people and killed more than 3,200. When Chinese medical care factories went back into operation last month, their first priority was their own hospitals. If the outbreak subsides, these factories could fight to survive. China has laid the foundation to dominate the protective and medical care market in the coming years.
Demand shifted so quickly that items that were critically short in one week were overcrowded from supply cabinets the next week. Regardless, many articles, such as intubation boxes, had to be significantly customized so that suppliers needed real-time access to doctors and care staff. As the hospital coordinator of a maker group told me, communication in a crisis must be a one-way street that hospitals have often struggled with. Sichuan Province, for example, halved the number of categories for which medical devices and consumables could be imported.
These data will hopefully ease the peace of mind for policymakers that China actually did not impose an export ban in January and February to disrupt the supply of critical medical devices to the world. Forcing medical providers to spend extra time and money to search for vital devices only in certain residential areas where such supplies may not be available will raise prices and waste the valuable resources they need to treat COVID-19 patients. Patients who need supplies on their own often look for them in medical care stores that sell to the public and in chains such as Walgreens, CVS, and Walmart. The ministry called for China’s share of the local market to be increased by 30 to 40 percentage points in each category of medical care.
However, these hopeful results should not ease pressure on national and local governments around the world to urgently provide funding to increase domestic production of critical medical supplies as the pandemic spreads and needs grow. Peter Navarro, President Trump’s industrial policy advisor, has started to push the federal government to buy American-made medicines and medical care. In an office not far from Dallas airport, Mike Bowen, executive vice prestige Ameritech, has been warning for a decade that relying on foreign-made medical care is a recipe for problems. General purpose kits are still used primarily by healthcare professionals on a patient and include medical aids that are routinely used in multiple procedures.
However, there is an important distinction to be made between medicines and medical aids such as ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE). The tariffs for medical care made them more expensive and were not released until 5. March was lifted, although health associations asked the administration last year to exempt items such as masks, gloves, and gowns. The United States is counting on receiving the majority of its medical care from China, where the coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 people and killed more than 3,200. And now countries like South Korea, India and Taiwan are blocking the export of medical supplies to save them for their own citizens, leaving the U.
For years, China’s leaders have feared the country is too dependent on foreign sources for everything from medical supplies to microchips to commercial aircraft. Medical care has been identified as one of the largest expenditures in the budgets of most healthcare organizations, second only to staffing.
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