Fo­rum fo­cuses on med­i­cal care for the el­derly

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE / HEALTH - By LIU ZHIHUA

The re­cently held 4th Fourth Health Pol­icy De­ci­sion Mak­ers Fo­rum Asia-Pa­cific, an in­ter­na­tional plat­form for stake­hold­ers in health pol­icy and strat­egy in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion, fo­cused on in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions for el­der­care.

The an­nual fo­rum, or­ga­nized by the China Cen­ter for Health Eco­nomic Re­search at Pek­ing Univer­sity, and the ESSEC In­sti­tute of Health Eco­nomics and Man­age­ment Asia-Pa­cific, one of the world’s top man­age­ment schools, at­tracted around 150 par­tic­i­pants from Asia and Europe.

About 30 speak­ers from a range of sec­tors and back­grounds, in­clud­ing Bern­hard F. Schwart­lander, the WHO Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in China, and Zheng Hong, the di­rec­tor of Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Af­fairs, Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion, spoke at the event.

Among the is­sues dis­cussed were dif­fer­ent coun­tries’ ex­pe­ri­ences re­lated to el­der­care, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia’s ap­proach to healthy ag­ing and Ja­pan’s ap­proach to health­care fund­ing.

Health pro­mo­tion poli­cies, health­care at el­der­care in­sti­tu­tions, e-health so­lu­tions and pa­tients’ ac­cess to med­i­ca­tion un­der drug re­im­burse­ment poli­cies were also dis­cussed.

Gor­don Liu, a Yangtze River Scholar Pro­fes­sor of Eco­nomics at the Pek­ing Univer­sity Na­tional School of Devel­op­ment, says that China has a dif­fer­ent model com­pared with other coun­tries when it comes to ag­ing, and also higher eco­nomic and tech­no­log­i­cal lev­els, and some how this pro­vides ad­van­tages for China when it comes to cop­ing with the prob­lem.

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