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Trials Approved for Elderly Home and Community Care Reform Programme

A pilot reform programme for home and community care services is to be trialled in 26 prefectural-level cities across the country. The move comes as a joint initiative between the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) and the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and is designed to fully open up the senior care service market, allowing for improvements to be made to the care provided.

According to the joint circular issued by the MCA and MOF (Minfa No. 54 [2017]), seven priorities have been identified for implementation under the terms of the pilot programme:

  1. The establishment of leading groups for pilot reform under the guidance of the government and with co-ordination from all of the relevant departments;
  2. The guaranteeing of funding for the pilot programme;
  3. The implementation of provincial-level supervision and guidance for the pilot programme;
  4. The establishment of a system for identifying the elderly people participating in the pilot programme that have particular needs / difficulties.
  5. The implementation of a diversified supply system for elderly-related home and community care services, with a lead role being taken by the no-government sector;
  6. An evaluation of the practicality of establishing a basic service list system with regard to home and community care;
  7. An increase in the level of facilities available for use by home and community care services.

For further details (in Chinese) see the website of the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

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