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China to train 3 lakh general practitioners for primary care

Last Updated: Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 17:53

Beijing: China plans to train up to 3 lakh
general practitioners within the next 10 years to strengthen
its primary-level health care system amid efforts by the
government to speed up reforms in the sector.

The plan, announced by the National Development and
Reform Commission (NDRC), will also encourage doctors to serve
at primary-level hospitals or clinics.

To implement the plan, China will push forward reforms
in the medical education system and adjust student enrolment
numbers as well as majors, the state-run Xinhua news agency

General practitioners provide primary care, treating
acute and chronic illnesses in community-level medical
institutions. They also provide preventive care for local

Authorities will offer tuition fee remission, easy
student loans and an early promotion in a bid to encourage
graduates to work in primary-level clinics, the report said.

Students who agree to work as general practitioners in
district and village-level clinics in rural areas of west and
central China after graduation will be able to get their
medical training free of cost.

Premier Wen Jiabao, in his anual government work
report, promised to speed up reforms in healthcare and support
development of village clinics and rural doctors.


First Published: Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 17:53

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