China’s ageing population cause of overburdened hospitals; growing need for improved medical facilities: WHO

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Published: August 23, 2016 5:49:42 PM

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that China's hospitals are overburdened and are incapable of coping with the rise in diseases because of the country's fast-ageing population.

People rush into Peking Union Hospital in Beijing, China, early April 6, 2016. Picture taken April 6, 2016. (Picture: Reuters)People rush into Peking Union Hospital in Beijing, China, early April 6, 2016.  (Picture: Reuters)

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that China’s hospitals are overburdened and are incapable of coping with the rise in diseases because of the country’s fast-ageing population. Chinese patients, even for small health problems prefer big city general hospitals over general doctors or family doctors. This causes long queues and competition for getting treatment, Reuters reported.

In a report by Reuters news agency, it was said that China has been trying to improve the country’s healthcare system, with steps like improving local medical facilities and making people aware at the grassroots level. But, due to lack of trust by the patients, low salary for doctors in local health centers, long queues, difficult booking systems and tight consultation slots have dampened the progress.

“As China’s health challenges…continue to mount, with an aging population, so too will the demands on the country’s health system, along with the costs,” WHO China representative Bernhard Schwartlander said, “It is simply not sustainable to meet these challenges in a health system that rely on hospitals.” This comes across as a big failure from the Chinese government that they have not been able to convert the good economic progress into the development of medical facilities in the less privileged areas of the country.

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