The National Health Commission (NHC) said on Tuesday that China has achieved full coverage of medical facilities at the county, township and village levels in 2021.
By the end of 2021, more than 23,000 county-level medical and health facilities, 35,000 township health centers and 599,000 village-level clinics have been established, enabling residents to access medical services in 15 minutes, said Zhu Hongming, deputy director of the commission. primary health department.
At present, more than 90 percent of county residents receive medical treatment in their county, Zhu said.
The commission will continue to guide rural medical and health institutions to improve their service capacity. Since 2022, rural residents have been able to access 12 types of basic public health services, including immunization and diabetes management, at the medical and community health facilities where they live.
Illness is a major cause of poverty. According to official data over the years, about 40 percent of all poverty-stricken families have become so due to the disease, said Zhang Xuying, deputy director of the China Population and Development Research Center, at the meeting. of the press conference.
Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the country has helped nearly 10 million families who were driven or returned to poverty due to illness to lift themselves out of poverty.
The country has also improved home medicine services. By the end of 2021, there were more than 1.4 million family physicians nationwide who had set up 431,000 teams to provide contract services to residents, Zhu said.