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China is working to improve medical care for the elderly in traditional Chinese medicine hospitals

China is working to improve medical care for the elderly in traditional Chinese medicine hospitals

by Xinhua | December 20, 2023 | 09:02
Pharmacists prepare Chinese herbal medicines at the Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital of Sanya City in Sanya, south China’s Hainan Province, on August 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Guoqing)

China has launched a series of measures to strengthen medical services for the elderly in traditional Chinese medicine hospitals across the country, the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine announced on Tuesday.

Hospitals in this specialty are required to establish departments for the elderly based on the size of the local population of elderly people and their need for traditional Chinese medicine services, according to a circular issued by the authority.

These departments in secondary and tertiary level TCM hospitals should have at least 20 and 30 beds respectively.

The document calls for making full use of the advantages of traditional Chinese medicine, improving the ability of comprehensive diagnosis and treatment, and improving the process of medical services for elderly patients.

It also emphasizes efforts to be made in areas such as personnel development, research on the application of traditional Chinese medicine in the prevention and control of aging diseases, and health management throughout the life cycle.

(Web Editor: 吴思萱, Rosa Liu)

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