Shenzhen Plans to Increase the Number of Hospital Beds
To deal with the below average number of available hospital beds, the city is planning to speed up the construction of more medical facilities and is inviting private investment into the public health industry. As of the moment Shenzhen was 2.88 beds for 1,000 residents which is below the average 4.55 beds per 1,000 residents and also below Guangdong average of 3.71 beds for every 1,000 residents.
Shenzhen plans to construct 31 more medical facilities this including 12 projects that are already under construction together with an international medical center that is operated by foreign experts. By 2020 the city hopes to increase the number of beds to 4 for every 1,000 residents. From 2009 until 2014 seven AAA hospitals were built and medical insurance has reached a coverage level of 11.57 million people. Furthermore the city has already allowed the University of Hong Kong, Nanfang Medical University and Beijing University to create hospitals.
There will be a total of 24 medical teams that started laboratories in the city with the Nanfang Medical University Shenzhen Hospital in operation by June. The deputy chief for food safety administration stated that there are officials responsible for food safety as the city invested around 2.36 billion yuan in food and drug safety projects from 2013 until 2020. These projects include food safety risk control and supervision, agricultural produce safety that costs 989 yuan since 95 percent of the agriculture products are imported. A 1,000 food safety testing areas will be scattered around the city to cover wholesale markets.