The elderly urgently need professional medical and nursing services, and in the future, China will do so


According to the National Health Commission, as of the end of 2022, the number of elderly people aged 60 and above in China has reached 280 million, accounting for 19.8% of the total population. The medical care and long-term care needs of the elderly, especially those who are disabled or semi disabled, are very urgent. Promoting the rapid development of elderly medical care services is an important part of implementing the national strategy of actively responding to population aging, and is also a powerful measure to coordinate the establishment of a long-term care insurance system. Since 2019, China has introduced a series of policies such as strengthening elderly care services, increasing resources in elderly care institutions, and conducting elderly care assessments. In 2022, a national pilot project for elderly care services was launched. After a year of pilot work, the number of nursing institutions, rehabilitation institutions, as well as professional nurses and medical caregivers for elderly care in various regions has significantly increased. Next, China will establish a sound elderly care and long-term care service system based on home care, community based, and institutional support, in accordance with the principles of "government guidance, participation from all parties, diversified investment, and coordinated development".