Announcement from 13 Departments, China's Medical Industry May Experience Two Major Changes!

  • 2020-07-22
On July 15, thirteen departments including the National Development and Reform Commission, Cyberspace Administration of China, National Health Commission and National Healthcare Security Administration jointly promulgated the Opinions on Supporting the Healthy Development of New Formats and New Models, Activating the Consumer Market, and Promoting Employment (the Opinions). For the medical industry, the Opinions explicitly requires vigorous development of Internet medical care and exploring and improving multi-sited licensing mode, which signals the future change of the medical industry.
The Opinions states:
Vigorously develop Internet medical care. Use Internet to optimize medical service experience and create new eco-system of health consumption.
Strengthen labor rights protection in flexible employment and explore multi-sited licensing.
Expand new shared life space. Promote creation of new system of supplying high-quality life service elements.
Opinions of the medical supervision community: due to the requirements of the Opinions, China's Internet medical care will inevitably develop at an accelerated rate; various business models will emerge one after another; the physical hospitals will transfer to the Internet faster to retain/seize business; the talents of Internet based medical operation will be in greater short supply; multi-sited licensing of doctors will be a more common.