Target dates set for family doctor service
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.