Monday, 6 May 2019

Who will protect the health of rural residents in China if village doctors run out?

By Le Yang and Hongman Wang
Abstract: This paper discusses the current situation of Chinese village doctors and highlights the importance of increasing the number of village doctors for better health service and a stronger health system. This study reviewed relevant health policies and data from the Chinese Statistic Year Book 2016 to assess the current status of Chinese village doctors and clinics. The Chinese government has launched a set of healthcare reforms to strengthen primary health care (PHC), especially in rural areas. However, the recruitment and retention of village doctors has not been successful. The analysis of available data suggests that fewer doctors or graduated medical students want to work in village clinics and provide services for rural residents. It is widely recognised in China and other countries that a good PHC system protects the population’s health at low cost. To achieve a better health system, the Chinese government should strengthen PHC, expanding the village clinics’ coverage to improve access to PHC and basic public health, and introduce more sustainable policies to attract more PHC practitioners to Chinese villages.

Friday, 26 April 2019

Tencent-backed online healthcare platform Trusted Doctor secures $250m

China's Tencent Trusted Doctor, a venture backed by tech giant Tencent Holdings, announced that it had raised $250M in a fundraising round. The investment was led by Country Garden Holdings, Tencent Holdings and Sequoia Capital, Tencent Trusted Doctor said in a statement.
The fundraising marked the first investment since the entity was formed through a merger of Tencent Doctorwork and Trusted Doctors last year.
Tencent Trusted Doctor said it connects 440,000 certified doctors with more than 10 million patients online, offering services from online consulting to e-commerce to physical checks.
Source: Mobihealthnews