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China Announces Elderly Care Services Development Incentives

A new directive aimed at improving the quality of China’s elderly care services, while also driving demand, has been issued by the General Office of the State Council.

Entitled Opinions on Promoting the Development of Elderly Care Services, the 16 April-published strategy document outlined the following priorities:

  • Elderly care service institutions that comply with current policy and regulatory requirements are to be eligible for those tax breaks on offer to small and low-profit enterprises
  • Any elderly care institution that satisfactorily completes its statutory fire protection design audit, as-built inspection and record maintenance requirements will automatically be eligible for   technical counselling with regard to fire safety
  • Elderly care service trademarks and branding will enjoy enhanced legal protection in order to facilitate business expansion and the development of chain operations
  • National treatment will be extended to all overseas-funded elderly care service institutions
  • National standards with regard to the required vocational skills of caregivers to the elderly will be established and adopted before the end of September this year
  • Administrative approval will be replaced by a record filing requirement for the establishment of clinics, health centres, consultation rooms, nursing stations and similar within elderly care institutions

For further details (in Chinese), please access the following link:

Opinions of the General Office of the State Council on Promoting the Development of Elderly Care Services (Guo Ban Fa No. 5 [2019])

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