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Medical and Health System Reforms Announced

A series of reforms have been announced with regard to the country’s health and medical services. These include the promotion of tiered medical services, improved hospital management, universal medical insurance, guaranteed access to required pharmaceutical supplies and enhanced and comprehensive oversight.

These reforms will take into account a number of guidelines previously issued with regard to health and medical services. These include:

Guiding Opinions for Promoting the Establishment and Development of Medical Consortiums

Guiding Opinions for Establishing a Modern Hospital Management System

Opinions on Supporting Social Forces in the Provision of Multi-Tier and Diversified Medical Services

Guidance Document with regard to Pilots for the Centralised Procurement of High-Value Medical Consumables

Guidance Document on Reforming and Improving Policies for the Administration of Generic Drugs

Administrative Measures for the Registration and Record Filing of Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives

Among the other proposed reforms is the extension of the pilot programme for tiered medical services and the signing of service contracts with family doctors in more than 85% of prefectural cities. Considerable effort will also be made to promote service contracts with family doctors, as well as to improve the mechanisms governing the charging and payment of fees, appraisals, incentives and medical insurance policies.

The State Council announced the reforms with the publication of Key Work for Deepening the Reform to the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare System in 2017.

For further details (in Chinese), please refer to the following website:

Circular of the General Office of the State Council on Printing and Issuing the Key Work for Deepening the Reform to the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare System in 2017 (Guobanfa No. 37 [2017])

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