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

China Daily (USA) - - POLICY REVIEW - By HUY­ONGQI huy­

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


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