Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Hospitals banned from rejecting seriously-ill patients


China is prohibiting all hospitals from rejecting or delaying treating patients in critical condition, regardless of the circumstances, the Beijing Youth reported on Tuesday.
The National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China recently issued a guideline regarding the standards of the country's emergency medical system, which said that hospitals need to offer first-aid to patients with serious medical conditions and cannot reject or delay treatment for any reason.
During initial emergency treatment, the guideline states that patients with dire symptoms, like being unconscious or not having a pulse, should be arranged to see a doctor as soon as possible.
The NHFPC said that these medical guidelines only refer to the most fundamental and necessary medical methods in dealing with a patient in critical condition. They do not encompass preventative medical care or subsequent care after a patient's condition becomes stable.
While the commission adds that people can more easily see a doctor with the improved coverage of medical insurance in China, doctors still reject some patients who either cannot be identified or do not have the means to afford the medical fees. Thus, the NHFPC says a non-discerning emergency-response medical system must be established.
Source: CRI

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