Legislature Calls for Strengthening of the Law on Traditional Chinese Medicine
Top legislature in China started to read the Law on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that called for strengthening the role of traditional Chinese medicine in the health care system. The drafted law was just passed earlier this month by the State Council and submitted to the bimonthly session of the National People’s Congress Standing committee.
The director of the State Administration of TCM Wang Guoqiang said that during the session the drafted law will support and exert the role of traditional Chinese medicine in the whole medical system, thus bringing it into the country ‘s free of charge basic public health services program. The law also promised to expand TCM’s role in dealing with emergency public health incidents and diseases prevention and control, to strengthen policy support and make policies that allows TCM medical fees to be covered by basic medical insurance schemes. It also called for the maintenance of the characteristics of traditional Chinese medicine sing methodologies that provides health services and improve the quality of TCM materials and at the same time encourage medical institutions to use TCM preparations.
The drafted law also addresses the current problems that are faced by TCM this includes the lack of capability and ability to adapt to the current personnel and drug system. The passing of TCM theories and skills to the younger generation also faces a problem and challenges. Traditional Chinese medicine gained public attention after a pharmacist was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the work using astemisinin in treating malaria based on a traditional Chinese herb treatment.