Integration of services for the elderly and medical care

Elderly residents attend an art class at the day care center of a citizen service station in Jiaxing subdistrict, Hongkou district of Shanghai, Aug. 30, 2020. (Photo by Zhu Xingxin/ .cn)

China will pursue the integration of elderly care and medical services as part of efforts to actively cope with an aging society and increase the satisfaction of its growing elderly population, says a guideline presented this month.

The document, jointly presented by 11 government departments including the National Health Commission on July 21, sets out a series of measures to address issues such as lack of funding and shortage of skilled workers in the sector.

He said eligible community and rural health centers are encouraged to upgrade or expand existing facilities to provide integrated services for older people, especially those with disabilities, chronic illnesses or mobility difficulties.

Public medical institutions are also encouraged to set up service stations in elder care facilities and provide elder care services at home or under contract.

Local governments are also required to promote comprehensive planning and resource sharing among different health service providers, such as community clinics, rehabilitation centers and aged care facilities.

The guideline also outlines a series of measures to improve pricing strategies, strengthen insurance policies and better leverage land resources and roll out tax and tax relief, to help service providers cope. to practical difficulties.

More efforts will be devoted to strengthening medical and nursing staff for care of the elderly, he added.

Xinhua contributed to the story.

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