China will continue to promote public hospital development and reform

BEIJING (Xinhua), June 6 – China’s healthcare reform will continue to promote reform and quality development of public hospital as part of its efforts to deepen the healthcare reform. A list of tasks to be completed by 2024 was recently published.

The General Office of the State Council released a document encouraging local governments to take note of the successful reforms in healthcare implemented in Sanming in Fujian Province.

Sanming began reforming its public hospitals in 2012. This was to combat the high prices of medical consumables and drugs, as well as the excessive use of tests and medication in healthcare. These factors led to costly medical services and an increased burden on local medical insurance funds.

The document calls on a deeper reform of the payment systems at public hospitals. It states that the incomes of medical staff should be stable, and not linked to bills for medical materials, drugs, or examinations.

The document states that China will adjust pricing for medical services and promote a national centralized volume based procurement of drugs. China has held nine rounds of volume based procurement bids since 2018. There have also been several bids on medical consumables like coronary stents and artificial joints.

The country will enhance its medical services system, including improving health service capacity at primary level. It will also establish a multilevel healthcare insurance system that aims to improve both the basic health insurance and commercial health insurance.

According to the document, China will also intensify reforms in drug management and use, the evaluation and approval of drugs and their supply.

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