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Expert: Integrate medical resources
January 22,2017   By:China Daily
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Jan. 22, 2017 -- A child receives treatment at Beijing Children's Hospital in December. DING SHAN/CHINA DAILY
 
Jan. 22, 2017 -- Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province have been urged to better integrate their medical resources to improve the quality of health services for all residents in the region.
"Better integration would increase efficiency and help control medical expenditure, so that people can get quality, safe and sustainable basic health services," said Wang Yixin, a professor of general medicine at Beijing Anzhen Hospital.
 
She was speaking at a discussion during the annual session of the Beijing Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the top advisory body, which concluded on Tuesday.
 
"Integration would help address the issue in Beijing, home to most of China's top hospitals, of hospitals being overloaded with patients, which puts a great strain on resources and makes it difficult for people to receive medical care," Wang said.
 
Thirty percent of patients at all major hospitals in Beijing in the first half of 2016 were from outside the capital, according to the Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning. More than 7 percent were from neighboring Hebei.
 
At the Beijing Children's Hospital, for example, doctors receive more than 10,000 patients a day during peak seasons, with more than 70 percent of the patients coming from outside Beijing.
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