Tar­get dates set for fam­ily doc­tor ser­vice

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

All people in China are ex­pected to have ac­cess to a fam­ily doc­tor ser­vice by 2020, ac­cord­ing to a guide­line re­leased and aimed at im­prov­ing health­care.

The guide­line by the State Coun­cil’s Med­i­cal Re­form Of­fice, said the fam­ily doc­tor ser­vice will be pro­moted in 200 cities in China this year.

More than 30 per­cent of people in the coun­try will be cov­ered by the ser­vice by the end of 2017. That will in­clude more than 60 per­cent of those in tar­geted groups, such as the el­derly, preg­nant women, chil­dren, and those with chronic dis­eases.

Fam­ily mem­bers can choose to sign ser­vice con­tracts with fam­ily doc­tors for a one-year term and pay a fee. They can opt to re­new the con­tract or choose to sign with an­other doc­tor after a year.

The doc­tors will pro­vide ba­sic health­care and med­i­cal ser­vices, and help to trans­fer pa­tients to big­ger hos­pi­tals if needed.

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