Ed­u­ca­tion, health­care among top­ics ad­dressed

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - POLICY REVIEW - By ZHANG YUE zhangyue@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A num­ber of min­istries re­sponded to a se­ries of pub­lic con­cerns over the past week con­cern­ing ed­u­ca­tion, health and re­con­struc­tion.

Min­istry re­sponds on school-en­try queries

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion re­cently re­sponded to ques­tions from par­ents of school­child­ren re­gard­ing en­try into pri­mary school. The min­istry re­sponded that all chil­dren from the age of six should re­ceive com­pul­sory ed­u­ca­tion. For those living in poorer ar­eas or fac­ing other re­stric­tions, school-en­try age can be put off by one year, to seven. For chil­dren at school age who need to leave school for a pe­riod of time due to health-re­lated rea­sons, their par­ents need to ap­ply for school leave and get it ap­proved. The min­istry said that schools have no man­date to re­ject pupils due to rea­sons re­lated to school rolls, etc.

Pub­lic hos­pi­tal re­form will boost health­care

The Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion said it will speed up ef­forts to im­prove pub­lic hos­pi­tal man­age­ment in or­der to deepen health­care re­form, as the State Coun­cil, China’s Cab­i­net, re­leased a guide­line that vows to set up a mod­ern hos­pi­tal man­age­ment sys­tem with clear re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, sci­en­tific gov­er­nance, ef­fi­cient opera- tion and strong su­per­vi­sion by 2020.

Wang Hesh­eng, di­rec­tor of the med­i­cal re­form of­fice un­der the State Coun­cil, said at a news con­fer­ence on July 26 that the guide­line has pub­lic health at its core, keep­ing pub­lic hos­pi­tals non-profit, and cre­at­ing a mod­ern hos­pi­tal man­age­ment sys­tem.

He said that the price of surgery, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ther­apy, nurs­ing care and tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine treat­ment will be in­creased and that the fees for us­ing med­i­cal equip­ment will be low­ered.

More than 2,300 pub­lic hos­pi­tals na­tion­wide par­tic­i­pated in health­care re­form in 2016, ac­cord­ing to a re­port is­sued by the health­care re­form lead­ing group un­der the State Coun­cil.

The guide­lines re­quest gov­ern­ments at all lev­els to draft rel­e­vant re­form plans, for ex­am­ple, to is­sue poli­cies re­gard­ing the hi­er­ar­chi­cal med­i­cal sys­tem. Wang said this will help chan­nel re­sources to grass­roots health in­sti­tu­tions, and ease the bur­den of reg­is­tra­tion and op­er­a­tions in pub­lic hos­pi­tals.

Re­build­ing of homes nearly com­pleted

More than 93 per­cent of the homes that were de­stroyed in natural dis­as­ters in 2016 have been re­built but there are 10 prov­inces that are still work­ing on re­con­struc­tion, Pang Chen­min, an of­fi­cial from the Min­istry of Civil Af­fairs, stated at a news con­fer­ence or­ga­nized by the State Coun­cil’s In­for­ma­tion Of­fice on July 25.

He said that the Civil Af­fairs Min­istry is ready to work to­gether with nine min­istries, in­clud­ing the Na­tional Development and Re­form Com­mis­sion, to re­view the un­fin­ished re­con­struc­tion pro­grams and make sure that all homes de­stroyed in 2016 in natural dis­as­ters are re­con­structed by the end of this year.

Ac­cord­ing to Pang, in 2016, 142,000 homes were de­stroyed in natural dis­as­ters such as floods, land­slides, ty­phoons, earth­quakes and mud­slides.

So far 132,000 houses have been re­con­structed. Of the 29 prov­inces that un­der­took re­con­struc­tion pro­grams, 19 have com­pleted their re­con­struc­tion pro­gram.

Call for tax poli­cies to be fully de­liv­ered

Wang Jun, di­rec­tor of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Tax­a­tion, stressed dur­ing a re­cent visit to the cities of Nan­jing and Xuzhou in Jiangsu prov­ince that tax de­part­ments at all lev­els should fully im­ple­ment ef­forts in streamlining ad­min­is­tra­tion, im­prove pub­lic ser­vices and del­e­gate power to lower tiers. He stressed that tax­a­tion de­part­ments need to pro­vide bet­ter ser­vices to tax­pay­ers through fully im­ple­ment­ing tax in­cen­tives that are al­ready is­sued, and play a pos­i­tive role in the coun­try’s sup­ply side re­form.

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