|China plans to have at least one general practitioner for every 5-thousand residents, but current numbers are still well short of this goal.|
China on Wednesday vowed to equip all hospital in urban communities and rural townships with qualified general practitioners by 2012, in an effort to improve the country's medical care services at grassroots clinics.
At an executive meeting of the State Council presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao, it was decided that China will establish a system of general practitioners, according to an official statement issued after the meeting.
Known as "door-keepers" for health of residents in urban communities and rural townships, general practitioners are medical professionals who treat acute and chronic illnesses and provide preventive care and health education.
Among the country's major efforts to reform its medical care system, it will work to make general practitioners the backbone of the medical professionals team at grassroots medical services, the statement said.
—— Excerpt from China vows to improve grassroots clinics
General practitioners often work long hours and go beyond the call of duty by making house calls to immobilized patients. Beijing started recruiting GPs 10 years ago to improve the quality of care at urban medical clinics. Zhao Yunjie explains how one such doctor is an indispensable part of her community.
Dr. Gao Xiuqin works a tight schedule every day.
As a community-based general practitioner in Beijing, Gao attends to her first patient at 7.30 am.
She also helps patients with a range of disabilities, including those with impaired hearing.
—— Excerpt from General practitioners vital in health care
这里反复出现的general practitioner就是我们说的“全科医生”，简称GP；相应地，“社区全科医生”则可如上文表达为：community-based general practitioner。