Po­lit­i­cal Ad­vi­sors Con­sulted About Med­i­cal Re­form

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China’s po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sors on Tues­day put for­ward pro­pos­als on re­forms of pub­lic hos­pi­tals and med­i­cal in­sur­ance. A state­ment is­sued af­ter a meet­ing of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence (CPPCC) Na­tional Com­mit­tee, the coun­try’s top po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory body, said at­ten­dees agreed that de­spite progress, or­di­nary peo­ple still find med­i­cal ser­vices scarce and ex­pen­sive. They sug­gested changes to pub­lic hospi­tal man­age­ment and a new sys­tem of pay­ment and ben­e­fits for med­i­cal staff to free hos­pi­tals from de­pen­dency on rev­enue from drug sales, said the state­ment. Com­mu­nity medicine should be an­other pri­or­ity with co-op­er­a­tion be­tween ur­ban hos­pi­tals and com­mu­nity clin­ics, ac­cord­ing to the meet­ing, which was chaired by Yu Zheng­sheng, chair­man of the CPPCC Na­tional Com­mit­tee. Vice Premier Liu Yan­dong at­tended the meet­ing and ad­mit­ted that med­i­cal re­form is at a tough stage. She promised that the gov­ern­ment would make ba­sic med­i­cal ser­vices a pri­or­ity. Xin­hua

Yu Zheng­sheng (third left, back), chair­man of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence (CPPCC), pre­sides over a sym­po­sium on deep­en­ing re­form of China’s med­i­cal and health care sys­tem in Bei­jing. Photo: Xin­hua

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