Thursday, 15 November 2012

The three aims of China's health reforms: universal health coverage, essential drugs and public hospital reform

On November 12th in Beijing,  Deputy Director of the National Development and Reform Commission Zhu Zhixin said at a press conference during the "12th Five-Year" period of health reform is mainly focused on three aspects:
First, a sound system of universal health care,
Second, to consolidate and improve the new mechanism of an essential drugs system
Thirdly, the grass-roots to actively promote the reform of public hospitals.   
Director Zhu Zhixin said that in large city hospitals it is becoming more difficult to see a doctor and more expensive. In addition, medical insurance cover is still at a relatively low level, and there is growing demand for health care, thus there is a "gap".
Therefore health reforms should focus on promoting the reform of public hospitals, especially focusing on the implementation of  comprehensive reform to county hospitals, and strive to meet the target of 90% of people at county level able to access a doctor.
Large urban hospital reform is also needed to get rid of the drug mark ups when doctors prescribe  , and the full implementation of the measures to a lower mass medical burden and more convenience for people to see a doctor for medical treatment.   
For the doctor-patient conflicts, said Zhu Zhixin, mainly triggered medicine doctors fill deep-seated contradictions. The key is to strengthen the doctor-patient communication, health literacy in the whole society to create a good habit of respect for medical professionals and rational treatment of disease. He stressed, it is necessary to safeguard the interests of health care workers and patients, and violations that harm the personal safety of medical staff and medical institutions and property damage offenses should be punishable by law.
Read more: MD Tech

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