Chil­dren’s health care im­proved

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG HONGYI in Shang­hai wanghongyi@chi­

The dif­fi­cul­ties fam­i­lies face get­ting med­i­cal treat­ment for chil­dren could be eased with an in­no­va­tive pe­di­atric med­i­cal ser­vice mode.

In China, peo­ple of­ten com­plain that the rea­son it is so dif­fi­cult to get ac­cess to good med­i­cal ser­vice is be­cause of the un­bal­anced dis­tri­bu­tion of med­i­cal re­sources.

Top notch med­i­cal re­sources and doc­tors are too of­ten con­cen­trated at the large firstlevel hos­pi­tals and pa­tients have got­ten into the habit of rush­ing to th­ese large hos­pi­tals when they feel un­well, some­times with even mi­nor ail­ments.

As a re­sult, most of the ma­jor hos­pi­tals across China are burst­ing at the seams.

The phe­nom­e­non has be­come even worse in pe­di­atric hos­pi­tals, where med­i­cal re­sources had al­ready been strained for long time.

Shang­hai is ex­plor­ing a new way to solve the chal­lenges of get­ting im­proved med­i­cal ser­vices in pe­di­atric hos­pi­tals in a com­bined ef­fort led by the Shang­hai Med­i­cal Col­lege of Fu­dan Uni­ver­sity and the Chil­dren’ Hos­pi­tal of Fu­dan Uni­ver­sity.

The first of its kind in the coun­try, the pro­gram aims to help all mem­ber hos­pi­tals fully ex­ploit their own strengths and fea­tures by giv­ing them the same re­sources, train­ing and man­age­ment up to the same stan­dards.

A to­tal of 10 hos­pi­tals with pe­di­atric and neona­tal med­i­cal ser­vices from the city’s nine dis­tricts, both sub­ur­ban and down­town ar­eas, are in­cluded in the pro­gram. By in­te­grat­ing the med­i­cal re­sources, th­ese hos­pi­tals will carry out com­pre­hen­sive co­op­er­a­tion in im­prov­ing med­i­cal qual­ity, ser­vice, aca­demic devel­op­ment and in­for­ma­tion ex­change.

“To of­fer pro­fes­sional med­i­cal ser­vices with dif­fer­ent lev­els and un­der a uni­fied man­age­ment group is an in­ex­orable trend for the devel­op­ment of pe­di­atric med­i­cal ser­vice,” said Huang Guoy­ing, pres­i­dent of the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of Fu­dan Uni­ver­sity. “Some de­vel­oped coun­tries have al­ready ac­cu­mu­lated some good ex­pe­ri­ences, but it is still fresh in China.”

“By in­te­grat­ing re­sources and im­prov­ing man­age­ment and ser­vice, chil­dren pa­tients can re­ceive the same med­i­cal treat­ments at the sec­ond- or third-level hos­pi­tals as those in first-level large hos­pi­tals. Be­sides that, for pa­tients with chronic dis­eases, this new mode helps them en­sure the con­ti­nu­ity of treat­ment and re­duce un­nec­es­sary tests and costs,” Huang added.

Un­der the new mode, a tal­ent cul­ti­va­tion and train­ing sys­tem with var­i­ous in­cen­tives and sup­port was also es­tab­lished to help ease the prob­lems of the short­age of pe­di­a­tri­cians and nurses.

So far, there are 1,500 beds and more than 500 pe­di­a­tri­cians among mem­ber hos­pi­tals. In 2014, the pa­tient visit in the out­pa­tient and emer­gency de­part­ments ex­ceeded 3 mil­lion, in­creas­ing 7.9 per­cent over the pre­vi­ous year, ac­cord­ing to the Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of Fu­dan Uni­ver­sity.


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