Here’s a translation of a short article published in Caijing about the health care system in China.  The subject of the article, Yao Yuzhou (pictured here), is a party official from Tongling City, located in Anhui Province, which is apparently suffering a shortfall of adequately trained doctors.  After reading the article, I’m left with a number of questions – Is this a local, regional or national problem? Are there private hospitals/clinics? Is the shortfall because of inadequate pay or prestige? Maybe Tongling just isn’t a happening place, so no docs want to move there?  What are people doing when they can’t see a doctor?  What happens when one of the less competent docs messes up? compensation? how?

NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS REPRESENTATIVE YAO YUZHOU: A THREE-TIER MEDICAL SYSTEM IS NEEDED TO ADDRESS THE INADEQUATE SUPPLY OF  HEALTH CARE

On March 9, The China Broadcast Network reported on a statement made by Yao Yuzhou,  National People’s Congress Representative and Party Secretary of Tongling City, who addressed the difficulty faced by ordinary people in obtaining medical care.  Mr Yao asserted that there is an urgent need to construct a medical system that adequately serves cities, counties, towns and villages, and the necessity of increasing training and equalizing medical resources.

Mr. Yao stated that hospitals, for some period of time, had a number of doctors whose registration exceeded their actual diagnostic ability.  To address this problem, he placed emphasis on two major points: first, the construction of a comprehensive, three-level medical system with city  and regional hospitals, as well as community and village clinics.  Second, Mr. Yao stated that an increased effort to train and educate doctors was needed to address skill gaps and improve service.

Mr. Yao  explained that at present there are between 100-1000 adequately performing doctors.  When there are 10,000, the medical system will be able to satisfy patients’ needs.   At present, the number of doctors  commonly recognized as competent is still insufficient.

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