Review of the 2018 New Regulations in the Mainland China ─ “Internet + Healthcare”: New Issues and Rule-makers’ Responses
“Internet + Healthcare,” a government-backed industry, has become an emerging innovation in the mainland China and meanwhile brought about new issues, for which no correspondent rules could be found in the pre-existing medical laws. As a response to those issues, the National Health Commission in the central government promulgated new administrative regulations in 2018. They highlight the registration system of the internet hospital, the precondition of performing telemedicine and the rule of deciding legal liabilities of the remote doctor and the third party responsible for maintaining the good state of the online medical service. Besides, new rules in them also concern the online prescription, the security of medical information and the protection for the patient informed-consent, which, however, should be concretised in the future by the legislator or rule-maker.