Hierarchical diagnosis and treatment may bring a new market for medical devices

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Nov 16,2020

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On September 8, 2015, the General Office of the State Council issued the "Guiding Opinions on Promoting the Construction of a Hierarchical Diagnosis and Treatment System" (hereinafter referred to as the "Opinions"), which mentioned the term "strong grassroots" many times. Community hospitals are generally built in communities or urban-rural areas. Although they can solve the problem of long distances, the construction of community hospitals is usually not high. The top three hospitals have professional medical teams and advanced medical equipment, but the top three hospitals are generally located in the city center, and the number of outpatients is large and the distance is long. With the process of aging, urbanization and other social transformations, residents have generally experienced social cancer that is "difficult to see a doctor". For this reason, it is imperative to allocate medical resources reasonably and strengthen the construction of primary medical institutions

At present, nearly 20 provinces across the country have introduced hierarchical diagnosis and treatment policies and measures, and initiated pilot work. Some provinces and cities have also formed some preliminary experiences and models. The "Opinions" also stated at the end that by 2017, the compliance rate of primary medical and health institutions will be ≥95%, and the proportion of primary medical and health institutions' diagnosis and treatment will account for ≥65% of the total diagnosis and treatment. In other words, the government will attach importance to and strengthen primary-level medical institutions as the focus of future work. In the near future, the number of outpatient visits in primary-level medical institutions will surely increase substantially, which will truly solve the problem of residents’ "difficulty in seeing a doctor". The industry is also a huge new market.

The "Opinions" clarified two major areas of work measures: on the one hand, focusing on strengthening the grassroots level, improving the hierarchical diagnosis and treatment service system;   on the other hand, establishing and improving the hierarchical diagnosis and treatment guarantee mechanism.

The "Opinions" has repeatedly emphasized the need to "strengthen the grassroots" as the main task. Although my country's grassroots medical system covers a wide range of people, it has not really exerted its due effect on the grassroots medical care. On the contrary, the high number of outpatient visits in large hospitals has exacerbated the "seeing a doctor". Therefore, “strong grassroots” has become the top priority of graded diagnosis and treatment.

"Strengthening the grassroots" not only strengthens the medical level of doctors, but also strengthens the hardware of primary medical institutions, that is, the strengthening of medical equipment. So, which medical devices have been strengthened as a result?

First of all, basic medical equipment will be strengthened. Due to the small number of outpatient clinics in primary medical institutions, basic medical equipment has been idle for a long time. However, with the continuous increase in the outpatient volume of primary medical institutions, the idle basic medical equipment will inevitably return to the battlefield. The output of medical devices increases sharply, and primary medical institutions will become a huge new market

Secondly, inspections and large medical devices will be strengthened. The main reason is that the number of outpatient clinics is increasing, and the types of patient groups they face will also increase. In order to cope with the diversification of patients' diseases, primary medical institutions will inevitably focus on the selection and procurement of inspections and large-scale medical devices.

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