China Endeavors to Bring Equality in Healthcare Policy
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Rich people get richer. Yet the wealth gap enlarges. Poor people face more challenges.
Mai Xiaoxia, a village doctor in Ningxia’s Wuzhong City, said she felt the concrete, positive changes brought about by the healthcare policies.
“In the past, villagers wouldn’t see the doctor unless their conditions became unbearable, but now they naturally go to the hospital if they don’t feel good,” she said.
These days, the project is gaining further steam.
In many counties, patients can get treatment first and pay at a later date. A “reimburse-at-the-site” system streamlined the once complicated process of reimbursing. Many high-level hospitals worked with small ones in rural areas to help enhance their medical treatment abilities.
In Biandangou Township, where Ma Shengwu lives, the local government has purchased high-tech equipment such as color ultrasonic diagnosis machines and automatic blood analyzers for the local hospital. Doctors from higher-level medical institutions are often sent to the hospital to help treat patients. Even treatment with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), such as acupuncture, has been introduced.
“(TCM) treatment is very popular among villagers because it works well but costs less,” said Luo Xinmei, director of the hospital. “With improved services, the number of outpatient visits has grown steadily.”
But still, many poor counties across the country lack proper medical facilities. According to a survey of the National Health Commission, by the end of 2018, 46 townships in China still had no hospitals, and more than 1,000 villages had no clinics.