BET­TER TREAT­MENT SOUGHT

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - — ZHENG XIN

Bei­jing is seek­ing to set up med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions in nurs­ing homes to im­prove med­i­cal ser­vices for se­niors.

In ad­di­tion, the city’s more than 9,000 hos­pi­tals and com­mu­nity-based health ser­vice cen­ters will also pro­vide ser­vices to the gray­ing society, ac­cord­ing to the Bei­jing Civil Af­fairs Bu­reau.

Of the more than 400 nurs­ing homes for the el­derly, more than 30 pro­vide med­i­cal ser­vices cov­ered by na­tional health in­surance.

Statis­tics show that of the 9,800 med­i­cal in­sti­tutes in the city, 1,897 are com­mu­nity-based health ser­vice cen­ters, and these are more equipped and have more space and beds.

“We want to use the va­cant beds and spare staff of the med­i­cal in­sti­tutes,” said Du Peng, a pro­fes­sor at Ren­min Univer­sity of China.

Un­der cur­rent pol­icy, hos­pi­tals are not qual­i­fied to pro­vide se­niors with beds and a pen­sion ser­vice, which has im­peded the med­i­cal in­sti­tutes from fully mak­ing use of its re­sources. se­niors around the com­mu­nity.”

Bei­jing has sev­eral pilot projects test­ing com­mu­nity-based nurs­ing in­sti­tu­tions and most have re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back, he said.

Some of those have mod­eled the door-to-door ap­proach, pro­vid­ing such things as phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions, cooking of meals, help­ing with showers, house­keep­ing and so­cia­ble chat­ting.

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