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Boao Lecheng: A Game-Changer in Fast-Tracking Foreign Medical Products into China

The Boao Lecheng International Medical Tourism Pilot Zone in Hainan, China, offers a unique pathway for foreign medical products to enter the Chinese market swiftly, thanks to preferential government policies and real-world data applications. As part of Hainan's broader plans to become a global free-trade port, Lecheng is set to become a world-class medical tourism destination and medical technology innovation center by 2030.

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Boao Lecheng: A Game-Changer in Fast-Tracking Foreign Medical Products into China

Boao Lecheng: A Game-Changer in Fast-Tracking Foreign Medical Products into China

In a revolutionary stride towards fast-tracking foreign medical products and devices into the Chinese market, the Boao Lecheng International Medical Tourism Pilot Zone in Hainan has been making headlines. With an unprecedented approval time of mere months compared to the conventional three to five years, the pilot zone opens up a unique pathway for global pharmaceuticals to penetrate China's vast market. This accelerated entry is enabled by two preferential policies enacted by the central government, allowing patients to access overseas licensed medical devices and medicines yet to hit China's shelves.

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Unleashing Global Innovations in Chinese Healthcare

The pilot zone has become a testing ground for over 370 new overseas pharmaceuticals and medical devices from 17 countries. These products, not only cater to patient needs but also contribute to the collection of real-world data for national registration approval. In a significant achievement, 13 of these products have already been green-lit for sale in the Chinese market.

Building a Global Free-Trade Port

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The pilot zone plays a crucial role in Hainan's ambitious blueprint to evolve into a globally influential free-trade port by the mid-21st century. Housing 28 medical institutions and with 20 more in the pipeline, Lecheng's vision is to metamorphose into a world-class medical tourism destination and a medical technology innovation hub by 2030.

Streamlined Procedures and Increased Demand

The pilot zone has successfully simplified approval procedures and customs clearance, spurring a surge in demand for the specially licensed medications and devices. Testament to its success, the pilot zone witnessed over 300,000 medical tourists in 2023, marking a 60.1% increase from the previous year.

In the evolving landscape of global healthcare, the Boao Lecheng International Medical Tourism Pilot Zone in Hainan is pushing boundaries, reshaping conventional norms, and paving the way for a robust and inclusive healthcare ecosystem in China.

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