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Family doctor scheme

2013-12-17 09:42 Global Times Web Editor: Li Yan

Some 5.88 million residents in Shanghai have joined the family doctor system, accounting for 32 percent of the city's population, according to the director of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning, eastday.com reported Sunday.

Shanghai currently has more than 3,200 family doctors. The pilot family doctor program was launched in 2011.

The program aims to treat less urgent illnesses at community level, and relieve pressure on top-tier hospitals.

The commission added that each resident in the city might have access to a family doctor by 2020.

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