Tiered Pricing System to Encourage Residents to Use Community Health Centers
The city plans to encourage local residents to use community medical centers as they will be implementing a tiered pricing system as of next year in the city’s efforts to correct the shortage of medical staff in city. top level hospitals charges prices that is deemed standard by the Guangdong Provincial Government, while prices at grade two hospitals and community health centers is reduced by ten percent and 20 percent respectively.
There are 8.5 million residents that have medical insurance for inpatient health care and for migrant workers are required to get their first diagnosis at community medical health centers. And for patients with comprehensive medical insurance 70 percent of their bills of basic medical services and designates medications at community centers will be covered by the insurance, and will also be enjoying a 30 percent discount at designated pharmacies when purchasing medications.
This is in contrast to those patients who got their first diagnosis at hospitals instead of a community center in which their medical insurance only covers a small amount of their bills. Also the city is planning to give subsidies to help cover medical expenses for those affected with serious diseases at local hospitals and to promote a package charging system which was already successfully implemented at the University of Hong Kong Shenzhen Hospital.
The efforts were made in hopes to cope up with the shortage of medical staff at local hospitals. And authorities are hoping that patients that are suffering from common and minor ailments will proceed to community health center so the limited resources at big hospitals will be used in treating patients with major diseases.