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China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA -

ZHANG FAN PROJECT MAN­AGER OF CAS­CADE

mar­ket, yet there are still no spe­cific rules or poli­cies on the books to trans­form the wel­come into tan­gi­ble busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Pro­fes­sional nurs­ing for the el­derly costs money. It fea­tures dis­ease preven­tion, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion train­ing and tai­lor-made com­pre­hen­sive nurs­ing, and dif­fers from the tem­po­rary nurs­ing ser­vices in Chi­nese cities, which are un­der­taken by mid­dle-aged job­less women, and fe­male mi­grant work­ers at much lower prices.

Most of the nurs­ing homes look like hol­i­day ho­tels. Monthly costs range from $1,311 to more than $5,000.

The aver­age monthly pen­sion for an ur­ban Chi­nese varies $300 to around $2,000, and a farmer’s monthly pen­sion is about $8.33.

Even af­ter the el­derly Chi­nese mort­gage their houses, as the Shang­hai govern­ment ad­vo­cates, their earn­ings from commercial pen­sion in­sur­ance still pale in con­trast with high nurs­ing home costs.

Pref­er­en­tial poli­cies for pri­vate for-profit nurs­ing homes could en­cour­age more in­vestors at home and abroad to pro­vide more di­ver­si­fied and com­pet­i­tive ser­vices for the el­derly of dif­fer­ent in­come lev­els.

Zhang Fan, vice-di­rec­tor of so­cial wel­fare at the Shang­hai civil af­fairs bureau, said: “We will not dis­tin­guish be­tween for­eign and do­mes­tic agencies car­ing for the el­derly with pref­er­en­tial poli­cies, if any.”

An­a­lysts think that a clearcut set of rules and guide­lines would also dis­trib­ute su­per­vi­sory du­ties clearly among the civil af­fairs, com­merce and busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tions, as well as pub­lic health de­part­ments.

“An open and well-su­per­vised en­vi­ron­ment pro­motes healthy de­vel­op­ment of the bur­geon­ing in­dus­try,” Zhang Fan noted. “The Chi­nese nurs­ing en­ter­prises can bet­ter learn man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence from for­eign com­pa­nies to bet­ter serve the el­derly.”

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