City cluster to further integrate medical and human-resource services
Initiative to facilitate supply of health services, bridge development gap for Beijing, Tianjin andHebei residents
Medical institutesandhuman-resource services will be further integrated in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province, making life easier for residents of the key city cluster.
The three members of the cluster will recognize each other’s medical institutes for insurance reimbursement as well as standard human-resource services, two key aspects to further integrate the unevenly developed region.
The move was confirmed in an agreement signed on Oct 27 by the human resources and social security authorities of the three local governments to promote mutual recognition of their medical institutes and human-resource services.
According to the agreement, those who work or reside after retirement in another city will be eligible for on-site medical insurance reimbursement at 2,188 medical institutes in Beijing and 6,887 inHebei.
All medical receipts will be reviewed within one day, prior to the establishment of a national platform for medical insurance reimbursement, the agreement said. Before this, patients had to pay the bill first to get receipts, which would be taken to their hometown for reimbursement.
Gao Xiaojun, spokesman for the Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning, said in a previous interview that recognizing each other’s medical institutes will further facilitate services for those who live and work in different cities.
In March last year, a guideline was released by the central government to integrate Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei to ease the overcrowding of Beijing and promote balanced regional development.
Unlike Yangtze River Delta cities that surround Shanghai, the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei cluster has developed unevenly for decades. Millions ofHebei residents have been exploring education and employment opportunities in Beijing and Tianjin, two of China’s four municipalities that are much more developed economies.
Gao said a survey conducted by his commission found about 23 percent of patients in Beijing hospitals wereHebei residents in 2014.
As of July, 695millionChinesehadbasicmedical insurance, an increase of 5.7 percent compared to the previous year. However, medical insurance systems in provincial-level regions are still separated from each other.
To overcome this, Beijing, Tianjin andHebei started to coordinate medical payment reimbursement and training medical professionals in 2014.
Beijing, as the nation’s capital with hundreds of prestigious hospitals and thousands of top doctors, has helped Yanjiao, Zhangjiakou, Caofeidian and other cities inHebei by dispatching experts for surgeries as well as helping to train doctors and nurses at local hospitals.
Yanjiao, a small town in Hebei’s Langfang city, is adjacent to Beijing’s Tongzhou district near the capital’s new governmental seat. The town, just 30 kilometers from Tian’anmen Square, is home to about 300,000 people who