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Some reflections on the “Mix of Old-age and Medical Cares” model

International Social Science Journal (Chinese Edition)
No.1, 2014
 
Some reflections on the “Mix of Old-age and Medical Cares” model
(Abstract)
 
Huang Jiahao
 
Both living and medical demands are indispensable for the old and increasing. However, the living care and medical care for the old in China are separated and not articulated. The old’s living and medical demands can not be met in an overall way. Whenever an old person becomes ill, he or she would have to come and go between his or her house and hospital or bead-house, which may both delay treatment and increase burdens. In the context of increasing aging trend, the “Mix of Old-age and Medical Cares” may be the inevitable choice for Chinese to care their old people. The model consists of five aspects: service subject, service object, service content, service delivery and management. However, the model is now confronting challenges: service subjects’ inadequate participation; delivery to be improves; unclear definition of service objects; too simple and rigid services; multi-department administration; difficulty to implement incentive policies, etc.