China to train 3 lakh general practitioners for primary care

China to train 3 lakh general practitioners for primary care 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 said.

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

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.