Draft law to strengthen TCM’s role in health­care

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

A draft law calls for a strength­ened role of Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Medicine (TCM) in China’s health­care sys­tem.

The draft law was passed ear­lier this month by the State Coun­cil and was sub­mit­ted to the bi­monthly ses­sion of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress (NPC) Stand­ing Com­mit­tee this week.

The draft law will sup­port and ex­ert TCM’s role in the whole med­i­cal sys­tem, bring­ing it into the coun­try’s freeof-charge ba­sic pub­lic health ser­vices pro­gram. It also vows to ex­pand TCM’s role in deal­ing with emer­gency pub­lic health in­ci­dents and diseases preven­tion and con­trols, strength­en­ing pol­icy sup­port for TCM, making poli­cies to al­low TCM med­i­cal fees to be cov­ered by ba­sic med­i­cal in­sur­ance schemes.

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