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Hospital credited for high standard

EXPATRIATE patients being treated at Shanghai's Huashan Hospital are expected to have their care costs recognized by more foreign medical insurance companies in the future.

This follows the hospital receiving an accreditation on Friday for meeting international standards of medical care.

It is the first Shanghai hospital to win the endorsement.

Huashan was awarded the JCI certificate, or Joint Commission International, a world-leading accreditation of health care quality and patient safety.

The endorsement is expected to attract more expatriate patients to Huashan, some of whom usually go to Hong Kong or return to their home country for child birth, complicated disease treatment or rehabilitation, hospital officials said yesterday.

"Most of our expatriate patients are people who need emergency treatment or are long-term residents familiar with local hospitals' abilities," said Wang Min, vice president of Huashan Hospital's Pudong branch.

"Many expatriates still have doubts about Chinese hospitals," he said.

"Expatriate pregnant women are likely to visit local joint venture clinics or go to their home countries. Those needing emergency treatment still want to go back home for further therapy."

Wang said expatriate patients' insurance companies also have difficulty determining partner hospitals in China.

Huashan applied for JCI accreditation three years ago with the support of local health authorities and received notification on Friday. It also covers the hospital's Pudong facility.

"International means that every patient no matter his nationality or language can receive a stable, coherent and high-quality service," said Huashan's President Ding Qiang, "We also offer services such as direct debits with insurance companies and health education clinics."

Huashan's Pudong facility has also collaborated with Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical (Group) and United Family Healthcare on a trial program to develop foreign management practices.


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