Mayor Cai Qi Inspecting Separation of Prescribing from Dispensing at CJFH
The report below was based on a news story released by Beijing Daily News.
April 10 was the first peak day for the hospitals in Beijing after the switching to the new system under the reform of separation of prescrbing from dispensing. Cai Qi, Mayor of Beijing Municipality and Deputy Secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee, visited yesterday some of the hospitals where he inspected the reform in transition.
Cai Qi toured the outpatient buildings at China-Japan Friendship Hospital （CJFH） and Beijing Anzhen Hospital. There he looked over the process of a patient on a visit—making an appointment, receiving treatment and fetching prescribed medicine. He asked some of the patients there if there were any changes in the bills after the switching, and if there was any improvement in medical services. At the pharmacies, Mayor Cai Qi looked over the medicine price lists, especially those of the usual medications. “I am here not only to see whether the price adjustments,” he said, “but also to see if medical services have improved. The medical staff are one of the subjects of the health care reform. We should improve medical services while carrying out the reform so that patients will have something to gain. Only when patients are satisfied can they understand and provide support to the reform.” Cai Qi also extended his thanks to the CJFH people for having led the way as national institution directly under the National Health and Family Planning Commission （NHFPC）.
Cai Qi then hosted a symposium where an official of Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning reported on the health care reform in Beijing. By turns, CJFH, Beijing Tsinghua Changgung Hospital, Peking University Cancer Hospital, Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine （TCM）, and Liulitun Community Health Service Center, Chaoyang District, reported their share of the reform and what they had experienced on the first day after the switching.
Cai Qi stressed three points which he said would prove instrumental in carrying out the reform effectively. First, reform and reengineering in medical treatment, pricing and insurance should be coordinated. The objective of the health care reform is to build a sound and effective hospital and health care regime through which all the medical staff members can be fully motivated and involved, thus providing affordable and convenient medical care to the public. Equal attention should be given to the large hospitals and the community health service centers.
Second, the reform should be carried out for improving medical services. If reform measures are taken with medical services lagging behind, the reform will fall short. Great efforts therefore will have to be made to improve medical services throughout the procedure for patients to access medical treatment. Third, the success of the reform depends on what it will offer to the people. Thus, the reform should be public welfare oriented and better reputations for the hospitals should be expected.
Cai Qi also pointed out that even though the reform has been successfully launched at these hospitals, the critical test is still ahead. On the first peak day for the hospitals after the system switching, all medical staff members have to continue to focus on the details of their services. They should provide better medical advising and guiding services and improve clinic services. They need to ensure that diagnoses and treatments are performed under the new system while keeping the patients seeking medical services in good order. Besides, they also need to adhere to the problem-oriented principle and strengthen the supervision so that problems can be found out and solved in time, thus ensuring the health care reform is carried out smoothly and in good order.
Li Wei, Secretary General of the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality as well as Zhang Gong and Lin Keqing, Beijing municipal leaders, inspected the reform work together with Cai Qi.