Health Planning Commission to Push "Healthy China" Strategic Health Industry or Greet Good


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2016-03-09


On March 8, Li Bin, director of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, stated at the press conference of the Fourth Session of the Twelfth National People's Congress that the national level is actively promoting the preparation of the "Healthy China" construction plan, and will focus on the six major tasks of "developing the health industry". Build a "healthy China".
Since 2012, the Health and Family Planning Commission (formerly the Ministry of Health) has been pushing the healthy China strategy, and it was written into the government work report last year. Now it has entered the stage of preparing the planning outline, and the health industry may usher in good news.
Context of "Healthy China" Strategy
Last year, "Healthy China" first appeared in the government work report. In March 2015, Premier Li Keqiang put forward in the government work report that "health is the basic demand of the masses, and we should constantly improve the level of medical and health care and build a healthy China". In November, the full text of the "Thirteenth Five-Year Plan Proposal" was announced, and "Promoting the Construction of a Healthy China" appeared as an important aspect of "adhering to shared development and focusing on improving people's well-being. In early December, the National Health and Family Planning Commission publicly solicited opinions on the "13th Five-Year Plan" for the construction of a healthy China.
In fact, the proposal of "healthy China" can be traced back to 2012.
The then Minister of Health Chen Zhu released the "Healthy China 2020" Strategic Research Report at the "China Health Forum" that year. The interpretation of the report released on the official website of the National Health and Family Planning Commission pointed out that "Healthy China" is "a national strategy aimed at comprehensively improving the health of the whole people." "It is based on an accurate judgment of the general trend of the world and China's health reform and development. A demand-driven national health development strategy formed in the practice of deepening the reform of the medical and health system."
The 2012 "Healthy China 2020" Strategic Research "proposed that" by 2020, the main health indicators will basically reach the level of moderately developed countries ". This goal is broken down into "the average life expectancy reaches 77 years old, the mortality rate of children under 5 years old is reduced to 13 ‰, and the maternal mortality rate is reduced to 20/100000", "improve the accessibility and fairness of health services", "rely on scientific and technological progress, adapt to the transformation of medical mode, and realize the strategy of moving forward, transformation and integration", "by 2020, the total cost of health accounts for 6.5-7% of GDP and other 10 specific targets.
In order to ensure the realization of these indicators, the Strategic Study of "Healthy 2020 in China" has proposed "establishing a 'big health' administrative management system integrating medical insurance and services", "changing the development model of health services, from focusing on disease diagnosis and treatment to focusing on prevention, Combining prevention and treatment, and moving the barrier forward", "increasing government health investment and social coordination, 8 policy measures such as reducing personal cash health expenditure to less than 30%.
Li Tao, director of the Health Development Research Center of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, introduced in the "Connotation and Realization Path of Healthy China" published in 2016 that during the "Twelfth Five-Year Plan" period, my country's average life expectancy is expected to increase by 1 year by 2015 compared with 2010. From 2010 to 2014, the infant mortality rate dropped from 13.1 ‰ to 8.9 ‰, the mortality rate of children under 5 years old dropped from 16.4 ‰ to 11.7 ‰, and the mortality rate of pregnant women from 30/100000 to 21.7, all of them have achieved the goal requirements of the "Twelfth Five-Year Plan" for health in advance.
Health industry or welcome good
At the above-mentioned press conference of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, Li Bin put forward six major tasks to promote the construction of a "healthy China", one of which is to develop the health industry,
Zhou Zijun, a professor at the School of Public Health of Peking University Hospital, told a reporter from 21st Century Business Herald, "From the perspective of China's positioning of medical care, it has never been used as an industry."
However, from the perspective of "health", with the rapid development of medical technology and concepts, especially the development of biomedicine, "health" has become an industry in the United States, South Korea and other countries.
"The industry includes part of biomedicine, not only for treatment, but also for gene sequencing and early intervention in the human body. For example, when preparing for childbirth, biomedicine can find out if there is any problem with the child through the fertilized egg. A large number of early biological interventions have become an industry to do. Other applications include electronics, commerce, the Internet and other health industries." Zhou Zijun introduced, but considering the public's acceptance and recognition, the general domestic term is "health service industry and related industries".
For the press conference proposed the development of "health industry", Zhou Zijun think it is a good thing. "On the whole, the government's control over medical care is relatively strict. If we let it go properly and put forward the concept of 'health industry', more resources will enter if social attention is raised." Zhou Zijun believes that if enterprises develop and provide products according to market demand, the government can incorporate inclusive and efficient medical services into public health services through regular evaluation.
"There are some technologies that are very new and expensive, such as doing a genetic sequencing that costs tens of thousands of dollars. But many of the specific birth defects are caused by genes, such as thalassemia. If the effect of using genetic technology to intervene in birth defects and improve the quality of the population is obvious, then the government can spend money to include them and improve the health of the entire population."
"Now we need to evaluate new and traditional technologies, mainly related to the cost. Traditional technologies are cheap and have a very limited role, but they take up a lot of resources. This needs to be regulated by the government. New technologies that are effective need to be evaluated. What are inclusive and what are partially beneficial need to be evaluated."
"Healthy China is a concept, specific to improving health and treating a certain disease, there are different inputs at different levels." What kind of effect this concept can achieve, Zhou Zijun believes, it still depends on how the government makes investment decisions and how the society shares the cost.