New guide­lines to im­prove health­care in SH by 2035

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - COMMUNITY - By Wang Han

In re­sponse to Shang­hai res­i­dents’ de­mands for bet­ter and more di­verse health­care ser­vices, the mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment has re­cently launched new guide­lines to im­prove city health­care ser­vices by 2035.

In or­der to bet­ter un­der­stand the chal­lenges in the cur­rent health­care ser­vice sys­tem, as well as the peo­ple’s health­care needs, the mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment sought out com­men­tary on the pro­posed guide­lines. Med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions, health­care ser­vice com­pa­nies, ex­perts, and the gen­eral pub­lic all par­tic­i­pated dur­ing the com­men­tary pe­riod and gave valu­able in­sights on how to im­prove health­care in Shang­hai. Draft­ing be­gan on the fifty new guide­lines at the end of 2017.

On July 24, Shang­hai Vice Mayor Weng Tiehui told re­porters that the guide­lines were drafted based on Shang­hai’s ad­van­tages and re­sources in health­care ser­vice, and con­formed with the high­est in­ter­na­tional stan­dards in the health­care field. Weng also in­tro­duced the main con­tent of the de­vel­op­ment guide­lines, ad­dress­ing three key ar­eas, med­i­cal treat­ment ser­vice, health­care ser­vice, and health in­sur­ance.

Health­care in­dus­try de­vel­op­ment

In or­der to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of these ar­eas, a num­ber of health­care in­sti­tu­tions and in­dus­trial clus­ters are ex­pected to be es­tab­lished in Shang­hai. These health­care in­dus­try de­vel­op­ment ar­eas will be set up in dif­fer­ent dis­tricts through­out Shang­hai. Health­care in­sur­ance ex­change cen­ters are also in de­vel­op­ment as a key com­po­nent of this plan.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties also aim to in­vest fur­ther im­prov­ing Shang­hai’s com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tages in do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional med­i­cal fields. An es­ti­mated 1.29 bil­lion yuan ($190.4 mil­lion) is ex­pected to be in­vested to be­tween 2018 and 2020 to reach these goals.

New poli­cies

Ac­cord­ing to the guide­lines, new poli­cies aim to make the man­age­ment of Shang­hai’s health­care ser­vice in­dus­try more flex­i­ble and sys­tem­atic. These poli­cies aim to sim­plify the ap­proval process for Chi­nese-for­eign joint ven­ture med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions, and will sup­port health­care in­sti­tu­tions in terms of tax­a­tion, land, and hu­man re­sources.

Cer­ti­fied health­care ser­vice com­pa­nies will en­joy a 15 per­cent pref­er­en­tial tax­a­tion rate, a steep re­duc­tion from the pre­vi­ous rate of 25 per­cent. Cer­ti­fied med­i­cal per­son­nel will also be al­lowed to work for dif­fer­ent med­i­cal cen­ters.

Tight­ened su­per­vi­sion

Since health­care is crit­i­cal to the life and safety of the peo­ple, a ro­bust sys­tem of su­per­vi­sion will also be launched to im­ple­ment these new poli­cies.

In­cluded among the en­force­ment pro­vi­sions will be a re­quire­ment that all med­i­cal staff in Shang­hai cer­tify their pro­fes­sional qual­i­fi­ca­tions. Ad­di­tion­ally a black­list sys­tem for med­i­cal and health­care in­sti­tu­tions will be es­tab­lished; in­sti­tu­tions with dis­hon­est and il­le­gal prac­tices will be re­quired to exit the mar­ket. In­creased hir­ing for health­care ad­min­is­tra­tion staff will help to im­ple­ment these new poli­cies and guide­lines.

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