Author: FM Liew
Date: 06-26-12 14:41
Success is the best answer.
And who can deny success?
Recently, the “12th Five-Year Plan for the Development of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Cause” was issued.
How should the traditional Chinese medicine bring its advantages into effect? How should China guarantee the growth of the traditional Chinese medicine? How should China eliminate mysteries of the traditional Chinese medicine?
The traditional Chinese medicine with the practical effect and low cost will play a more important role. Meanwhile, the traditional Chinese medicine's advantages of the holistic theory, personalized dialectical treatment and “preventive treatment of disease” health care method will become more obvious.
China should gradually increase the governmental subsidy to the traditional Chinese medicine and properly set charging items and their prices of the traditional Chinese medical service and bring qualified traditional Chinese organizations, treatment items and medicaments into the medical insurance.
China should abstract core values and spiritual essences of the traditional Chinese medicine in three areas of the spirit, action and substance and establish a traditional Chinese medicine popularizing group consisting of national-level and provincial level experts to popularize the traditional Chinese medicine nationwide.
Question One: Does the traditional Chinese medicine have any advantages?
An official from the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine of China said that, since the beginning of the 11th Five-Year Plan, the number of traditional Chinese medicine hospitals in China had increased from 3,009 of 2005 to 3,232 of 2010 and the average annual growth rate was 1 percent.
According to sources, it is expected that the number of the traditional Chinese medicine hospitals will increase from 3,232 of 2010 to 3,397 of 2015 and the expected annual growth rate will be also 1 percent. The beds of the hospitals will increase from 471,000 of 2010 to 692,000 of 2015 and the expected annual growth rate will be 8 percent, equal to that of the 11th Five-Year Plan period. It could be seen that the goals will be reached.
Then, are the common people interested in the traditional Chinese medicine? How should the traditional Chinese medicine raise its medical treatment level?
In the 11th Five-Year Plan period, the number of patients received by traditional Chinese medicine hospitals had increased from 234 million of 2005 to 360 million and the average annual growth rate was 9 percent. According to the 12th Five-Year Plan, the number of patients received by traditional Chinese medicine hospitals will exceed 550 million in 2015.
The official said that, the traditional Chinese medicine hospital will insist on changing the development mode and bring its special characters and advantages into effect.
It will change the single illness treatment mode into a comprehensive mode covering the illness treatment, illness prevention and health care.
It will change from emphasizing only the development of the traditional Chinese medicine hospital to emphasizing the joint development of various traditional Chinese medicine forms, including the hospital, clinic and medicament service.
It will change from emphasizing only the expansion of the size of the traditional Chinese medicine hospital to emphasizing also the special characters, advantages and service of the traditional Chinese medicine.
Question Two: Is there any guarantee for Chinese Medicine to become stronger?
According to the 12th Five-Year Plan, by 2015, the increment of medical personnel should have reached a proportion of 18 percent in the increment of national health personnel, the general practitioners of Chinese medicine category should have reached a proportion of 20 percent in the number of grass-roots general practitioners, and the practicing physicians of Chinese medicine category in Chinese medicine hospitals should have exceeded a proportion of 60 percent in the total number of practicing physicians.
During the 12th Five-Year Plan period, China will construct clinical teaching bases, strengthen the establishment of key disciplines, professionals and curriculum of Chinese medicine, strengthen the vocational education and post-graduate education of Chinese medicine, carry out standardized training of Chinese medicine resident physicians and general practitioners; as well as improve the succession mode education system of Chinese medicine, explore different levels and types of succession mode education, further implement the policy to connect the inheritance work of academic experience of old Chinese medicine experts with clinical professional degree education, strengthen the training of excellent Chinese medicine clinical personnel, and create a new generation of leading talents and a large number of young practitioners of Chinese medicine.
According to reports, during the 12th Five-Year Plan period, China will carry out the excavation, sorting, and research of Chinese medicine cultural connotation and original thinking, extract core values and spiritual essence of Chinese medicine culture from the three aspects of mental, behavioral, and substance, explore and innovate in heritage manners and paths of Chinese medicine cultural.
At the same time, we will strengthen the publicity and popularization of Chinese medicine, vigorously promote Chinese medicine science into rural areas, communities, and families, correctly guide the masses for awareness and meet their needs for knowledge of Chinese Medicine; as well as establish a experts team consisting national and provincial medical science popularization experts to carry out Chinese medical science lectures, to allow the broad masses to accept knowledge and science education of Chinese medicine culture.