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Starting in 2009, China is now in the middle of major healthcare reforms as it seeks to modernise its clinical services. The scale of the reforms is enormous, with over 5,000 acute care hospitals and no system of general practice serving a population of over 1.3 billion people. Minimally invasive surgery has been slow to develop but is now a rapidly expanding area, particularly in GI and thoracic surgery. There is currently large demand for training courses in minimally invasive surgery, as the Chinese embrace new technologies and the accompanying clinical and cost benefits.

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