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Guangzhou to name top family doctors
To promote family doctor service in Guangzhou and motivate local family doctors, the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangzhou, together with Guangzhou Daily, will launch a campaign to name top family doctors in the city.

Updated:1499680695Source:SilkRoadPost

To promote family doctor service in Guangzhou and motivate local family doctors, the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangzhou, together with Guangzhou Daily, will launch a campaign to name top family doctors in the city. Ten five-star family doctors will be chosen after performance evaluation and skills contests; and ten other popular family doctors will be selected via Internet voting.

Guangzhou initiated family doctor service in 2014. By the end of last year, more than 2,600 family doctors had signed service contracts with about 1.36 million residents in the city, and nearly 717,200 of them belong to special needs groups.

Special needs groups include seniors, pregnant women, children, the disabled, patients with chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and tuberculosis, as well as those with severe mental disorders.

Family doctors will cover all streets and villages in the province by 2020, according to a family doctor implementation plan from the leading team for “comprehensively deepening reform” of Guangdong Provincial Party Committee.

Family doctors are based on general medical practitioners’ service in urban community and rural township clinics, providing basic medical care as well as health consultations. The doctors are devoted to continuing and comprehensive health care for individuals and families across all ages.

The move to provide family doctor service is to encourage people to have medical care at grassroots medical institutions and reduce the pressure on tertiary referral hospitals in cities.

The service is key to establishing a tiered disease treatment system, which means medical institutions receive patients according to the severity of their illnesses, said Li Bin, head of the National Health and Family Planning Commission.

Application qualification

Permanent residents in Guangzhou who want to have a family doctor can contact the local grassroots medical institutions for application.

Application procedures

To enjoy the family doctor service, an applicant needs to bring the ID card and household registration documents to the medical institution, fills out a form about personal information, and then signs the informed consent form. The family doctor service usually lasts one year.
For family doctors to create a personal health record, personal medical reports and data from previous years are essential.

Price

Eight kinds of service packages are available in Guangzhou, targeting ordinary people, seniors, pregnant women, children, hypertension patients, severe hypertension patients, diabetes patients and severe diabetes patients. Different service package has different price, please contact the local medical institutions for more information.

(By Annie Lee, Louis Berney)

Editor:Joanna You
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