Subsidies Offered to Encourage Health Centers to Offer Better Services
The city health commission is planning to offer subsidies to family doctors in local community health center in their efforts to encourage health centers to offer better services. As of the moment the commission is working alongside the city financial department on realizing this plan that is expected to be announced after it gets city approval.
The city started to pilot a family doctor services in 2009, but due to the lack of systematic policy related support stalled several service upgrades in some community health centers. Even if there are more than a thousand family doctors that are registered in Shenzhen and around 128,000 residents signed contracts with these doctors to give them a stable and timely service but not much of are visiting their family doctors when they need treatment of if they’re sick.
A member of the city political advisory committee stated that one reason that Shenzhen don’t have a system in place that ensures patients to be treated promptly when they visit a community health center or their family doctor for an initial diagnosis is that the city lacks a first treatment system. And because of this most residents are going directly to hospitals to seek treatment instead of consulting their family doctors first. Plus a lack of financial support many health centers are offering limited first treatment services.
The city health commission plans to make family doctor services as an independent program and offer subsidies to encourage community health centers to offer additional services. They will also be creating a medical insurance program to help lower costs for residents visiting family doctors.