A hospital alliance between China and countries in Central and Eastern Europe was set up on June 20 to facilitate cooperation in health and medical care.
The China-CEEC Hospital Collaboration Alliance has 47 founding members, including 34 major hospitals from China and 13 from five of the European countries, including the Czech Republic.
Huang Jiefu, former deputy minister of health and president of the Chinese Hospital Association, made the announcement on June 20 at the second Ministers Meeting between China and CEEC that opened in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, on June 20.
More European hospitals are expected to join the alliance in the future, with intensified cooperation and exchanges between China and the region, he said.
Major missions of the alliance include joint research and academic exchanges in health and medical care, technological cooperation and exchanges, and development of medical tourism in areas such as nursing and rehabilitation, said Xue Xiaolin, vice-president of the association.
“Cooperation and exchanges between medical institutions are an important part of the cooperation and exchanges between China and central and eastern European countries,” Xue said.
“The alliance will serve as an international platform for exchanges and cooperation between medical institutions from these countries.”
Wang Lingling, deputy secretary-general of the Chinese Hospital Association, said members of the alliance are considering furthering their current cooperation and exchanges involving some new areas, such as attracting overseas tourists with their unique medical care resources.
“Some Central and Eastern European countries, such as Hungary and Lithuania, have shown strong interest in traditional Chinese medicine, and hope to promote TCM,” she said.
Miloslav Ludvik, president of Motol University Hospital in Prague, Czech Republic, said his hospital can offer high-end cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and other medical services.