City to Train More General Practitioners to Place at Community Clinics
Based on an announcement given out by the Shenzhen health commission that for them to make medical treatment more accessible for its residents, Shenzhen will train around 3,000 general practitioners by 2017 and place them through a network of about 600 community clinics. The city started training general practitioners in 2007 and needs to have around 6,000 to be able to service the 15 million residents based on national standards, so far the city only have 2,630 general practitioners at community clinics.
By having more general practitioners in communities, residents don’t need to travel far to seek advice. They only need to visit a nearby practitioner to get check and to seek advice on where to get further treatment if needed and the general practitioner will assist them in making appointments with the hospital and reduce pressure at public hospitals. By doing this the city hopes to encourage hospital goers to visit the nearest clinic first when they seek medical treatment.
By the end of 2015, it is expected that around 20 percent of patients that visit large hospitals will be seen first at community clinics. And to further reduce health costs the city is piloting several payment modes which include a flat fee system that charges by illness type and charging by the number of days the patient spent in the hospital. Drug markups will be part of the expenses and will decrease by 30 percent by 2017 and medical material costs will also decrease by 12 percent if the payment modes will be pushed through.