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China Dedicated to Medical, Healthcare System Reform — Bigger Role For TCM

During the Obama presidency, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) gave the basic medicare protection to the needy people. After President Trump entered the White House, he repealed the Obama care right away. The dramatic reform of medical insurance in the United States (aka 美国医保) aroused heated public discussion.

Not only American citizens but international students have some comments as regards the change in their international student insurance (aka 留学生 保险), F-2 insurance (aka f2保险), health insurance for OPT (aka opt期间保险), H-1B insurance (aka h1b 保险). Among all types of health insurance for international individuals, OPT insurance has the most “sensitive” changes, since OPT is the transition from the status of a student to a societal worker. Many terms in the previously recommended OPT insurance (aka opt保险推荐) plans must be changed.

The General Office of the State Council on Tuesday released a directive unveiling a series of major tasks in China’s bid to deepen the reform of its medical and healthcare system.

Stressing firm efforts to carry out the reform for the wellbeing of the people and address problems in healthcare accessibility and affordability, the document specified the priority and details of the tasks, and showed the country’s dedication to the reform. Among all fields that the tasks cover, some have stood out and already drawn considerable response from the public.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is expected to play a bigger role in meeting Chinese people’s ever-growing demand for health, as the directive called for the inheritance and development of TCM, as well as innovation during the process.

TCM can play a leading role in the preventive treatment of disease and a key role in recovery, said Feng Li, a professor with the Cancer Hospital of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences.

“TCM is effective in treating precancerous lesions and can also enhance the effectiveness of chemotherapy or surgeries, as well as enhance patients’ immunity during postoperative rehabilitation,” Feng said. The directive also called for more efforts in piloting the integration of TCM and western medicine in clinical practice to treat serious and major diseases. China has been piloting the integration mode since 2018, hoping to explore new methods to treat serious and major diseases.

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