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China passes plan to boost health services

Updated: Dec 21,2016 11:43 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — The State Council on Dec 21 passed a plan on health care and medical system reform for the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-2020).

Health care development is basic to the drive for a “Healthy China” and crucial to addressing people’s needs, said a statement released after a State Council executive meeting presided over by Premier Li Keqiang.

The meeting detailed key tasks, including prevention and treatment for major diseases and better training of health professionals.

More resources should go to local hospitals, and services for the elderly, disabled, poor and migrants.

China will accelerate approval of urgently needed drugs and medicine, promote traditional Chinese medicine and bring the “Internet Plus” strategy into healthcare.

Public services, including mother and child care, education and social security should support the two-child policy, it said.

The government will raise charges for medical services, such as surgery, rehabilitation and nursing, by reasonable amounts while reducing the cost of drugs and medical exams.

China will also promote contractual family doctor services and loosen requirements for setting up medical institutions.

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