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Great progress made in integration of urban and rural healthcare resources

The resource integration of urban and rural healthcare resources benefits not only the government and the medical institutions but the patients as well. Yuyao is the first city to test the water. Without any extra financial aid, the city has built medical imaging center, inspection center, disinfection center, guidance center on chronic illness and procurement center, efficiently coordinating healthcare resources in urban and rural areas. Under the reform, the number of patients who have to undergo a repeat examination has dropped by about 12 percentage points, saving 14.4 million yuan, or 11% of the total medical cost.

According to information sources, the integration of health care resources of certain areas will be further promoted. Pilot program of ECG tele-consultation has started in Yuyao, Yinzhou, and Beilun, and shall be popularized in the whole city if successful.

Through purchase of service contracting, the municipal government aims to make full use of existing basic health care resources, taking community health service station and village clinics into the integrated management. A month ago, Ningbo set up the country's first Centre for Clinical and Pathological Diagnosis, thus kicking off medical resources integration at the municipal level. The center has been on trial operation for 5 months and led to improvements such as more accurate pathological diagnosis, shortened report time. In addition, daily diagnosis is proved to be 1.5 times the amount of the past

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