State Coun­cil re­fines health­care

China Daily (Canada) - - TOP NEWS - By HUYONGQI huyongqi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China plans to cul­ti­vate a large num­ber of com­pet­i­tive pri­vate med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions to com­plete a di­ver­si­fied mul­ti­lay­ered health­care sys­tem by 2020, which is ex­pected to meet grow­ing de­mands for cus­tom­ized ser­vices.

The tar­get was set in a guide­line that en­cour­ages pri­vate busi­nesses to pro­vide di­ver­si­fied med­i­cal ser­vices, which was ap­proved at a State Coun­cil ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing presided over by Premier Li Ke­qiang onWed­nes­day.

En­cour­ag­ing pri­vately run med­i­cal ser­vices is vi­tal to de­vel­op­ing a pros­per­ous health­care in­dus­try, un­leash­ing the po­ten­tial for do­mes­tic con­sump­tion and pro­mot­ing eco­nomic re­struc­tur­ing and up­grad­ing, the guide­line said.

The premier stressed that the ne­ces­sity to de­velop health­care in­dus­tries can­not be over­stated. It has great po­ten­tial as peo­ple’s lives im­prove but re­mains in short sup­ply. The key is to trans­form gov­ern­men­tal func­tions and fur­ther ad­min­is­tra­tive re­forms, he said.

As one of the doc­u­ment’s seven key el­e­ments, the guide­line wants pri­vate busi­nesses to set up and op­er­ate high­qual­ity gen­eral clin­ics to pro­vide cus­tom­ized care ser­vices.

Sup­port will be given to the pri­vate sec­tor to cre­ate com­pet­i­tive in­sti­tu­tions with their own brand­ing in fields such as stom­a­tol­ogy, or the care of the mouth and re­lated diseases. The ad­van­tage of tra­di­tional Chinese medicines should be fully uti­lized to of­fer ser­vices such as TCM-based health­care and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tive ser­vices.

The guide­line en­cour­ages pri­vate med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions to pro­vide ser­vices fea­tured in ad­vanced med­i­cal tech­nolo­gies, as well. Cus­tom­ized ser­vices will be en­hanced by of­fer­ing value-added and an­cil­lary ser­vices such as longdis­tance di­ag­noses. Business models con­sol­i­dat­ing sec­tors such as med­i­cal ser­vices and nurs­ing homes for se­niors will be pro­moted.

The guide­line also aims to build a num­ber of clus­ter ar­eas for health­care in­dus­tries that meet high-end de­mands in and out of China.

The health­care market will be fur­ther opened up by low­er­ing the thresh­old for ac­cess, as pri­vatemed­i­calin­sti­tu­tions will be sup­ported by in­tro­duc­ing strate­gic in­vestor­sand­part­ners and build­ing ties with pub­lic hos­pi­tals to boost di­ver­si­fied ser­vices, the guide­line said.

In ad­di­tion, the doc­u­ment an­tic­i­pates for­eign in­vestors as part­ners to es­tab­lish high­level med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions in China through joint ven­tures and other forms of co­op­er­a­tion. China is open to overseas pro­fes­sion­als, med­i­cal tech­nolo­gies, man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence and op­er­a­tional models.

Li called for mak­ing full use of­mar­ket dy­nam­ics to nur­ture an en­vi­ron­ment for dif­fer­ent med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions to grow, com­pete and pros­per. Pri­vate busi­nesses will be en­cour­aged to en­hance the sup­ply of health­care prod­ucts and ser­vices that cater to peo­ple’s vary­ing de­mands, he added.

Since the start of a new round of med­i­cal re­forms in 2009, the State Coun­cil has been work­ing to boost en­thu­si­asm and par­tic­i­pa­tion of pri­vate busi­nesses with a slew of guide­lines, in­clud­ing the one to en­cour­age pri­vate cap­i­tal to the health­care sec­tor in Novem­ber 2010.

The premier said the cen­tral gov­ern­ment has em­pha­sized equal treat­ment for Sta­te­owned and pri­vate cap­i­tal. He called for prag­matic mea­sures to in­vig­o­rate the en­thu­si­asm of pri­vate busi­nesses.

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