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First joint public-private eye center established

Tongji Hospital’s Shanghai Xinshijie Eye Center, the city’s first eye medical center set up by a public hospital and a private health group, has started operation in Changning.






It is an effective cooperation trial to help solve the big workload and large number of patients in public hospitals, while boosting the development of private health facilities, health officials said.




Through the cooperation, doctors at Tongji Hospital can serve at the private Xinshijie Eye Hospital, which previously faced very limited resources in the public hospital.






While doctors from the private hospital work with doctors from Tongji, they can receive more chances to see diversified and complicated surgeries and patients, and the private hospital can make better use of its resources as private hospitals usually have much less patients.




Patients needn’t wait for a long time to get a chance to see the specialists or receive surgeries also.




“It is a good trial under the city’s health reform and encouraging for the development of the private health sector,” said Zhang Rong, vice director of Changning District Health Commission.






Almost the same time, five private health facilities have been included in Shanghai’s medical insurance system.




Under the policy, patients can have their medical bills settled for the part covered by the city’s insurance, and pay the rest in cash or with their commercial insurance.






Officials from Jiahui International Hospital, one of the five hospitals, said being included in the city’s medical insurance system is highly regarded.




The number of patients at the hospital has doubled since it was included in the insurance system in October. It has also signed agreements with leading public hospitals such as Renji Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Fudan University for professional training.




Editor: Li Xinran Shanghai Daily




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