Medical treatment partnerships would not only bring convenience to patients but also benefit the healthcare industry, Premier Li Keqiang said at the State Council executive meeting on April 12. A decision was made at the meeting to set up more medical treatment partnerships among big hospitals and grassroots medical centers.
They will help allocate medical resources in a more balanced way, encouraging doctors from top hospitals to work at the grassroots level, he said.
“Human resources are what grassroots hospitals need most,” he said.
“During my visits to grassroots hospitals, people told me that it will be great if they can enjoy quality healthcare services near their home,” he said. But a majority of high-quality medical resources are owned by top hospitals in big cities.
The reform will break barriers in administrative regions, financial input, human resources management, and health insurance. Medical treatment partnerships will be led by big hospitals and joined by multilevel healthcare institutions including community hospitals, rural clinics and specialty hospitals.
Patients’ healthcare data, medicines and prescriptions will be shared by partner medical institutions, and no procedures will be required for movement of medical staff among those institutions.
In addition, incentive mechanism was emphasized by the Premier, to encourage doctors in big hospitals to work at the grassroots level. He also asked authorities to modify healthcare insurance policies, guiding more patients to choose grassroots hospitals.
Building such mechanisms was also included in the government work report this year as an annual task.
“In the coming years, the departments in charge must issue detailed plans on such partnership groups,” the Premier said.
As the market for the healthcare industry is expanding, building treatment partnerships will benefit multiple stakeholders, particularly the patients, he said.