Invited by the National US-China People’s Friendship Association, 12 CMDA delegates from 6 provinces and cities led by director of CMDA Xia-Men Medical Doctor Association Cong-Yun Cui visited the United States from May 27 to June 7, 2007. During the trip, the delegates met with the National U.S.-China People’s Friendship Association, the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) and the U.S.-China Economic and Culture Development Alliance, and visited the NYU Medical Center.
At the meeting with MSSNY, the two organizations first introduced each other’s functions, structures and main objectives, and then exchanged ideas on interested topics including medical ethics, the relationships of CMDA, hospitals and doctors in China and China’s medical related policies and regulations. To give the delegates a better understanding, president of New York County Medical Society Zebulon Taintor provided background information on the medical system of the U.S., the licensing and training of doctors, breakdown of doctors’ income and the public and private medical insurance systems. Dr. Martin Gittleman showed particular interests in CMDA’s efforts to improving the medical services of rural areas, and expressed intention for cooperation.
It was agreed that the visiting was very successful. Not only CMDA established relationships with the U.S. medical communities, but also get a better understanding of the development of the U.S. medical systems and the doctors’ licensing and training systems. All delegates believe that the experiences provide great inputs to improving CMDA services for doctors and public health care.