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Local pediatric hospital earns JCI accreditation

EXPATRIATE children being treated at the Shanghai Children's Medical Center (SCMC) are expected to have their medical bills covered by hundreds of foreign insurance companies in the near future as the hospital just earned accreditation for its international standard of medical service.

It is the first pediatric hospital in China and the second hospital in Shanghai to be accredited by Joint Commission International, a world leader in health care quality and patient safety.

So far 10 hospitals in China's mainland, including Shanghai Huashan Hospital, and 12 in Taiwan have received the JCI certificate.

"The endorsement means that our medical care and service are in line with the international practice and will attract more expatriate patients, some of them previously go to Hong Kong or their home country for treatment due to doubts about our abilities and lack of insurance coverage," said Dr Liu Jinfen, president of Shanghai Children's Medical Center.

"So far we are only recognized by 12 international insurance companies. The JCI certificate will win us more foreign patients and insurance companies. We plan to expand our wards for international patients."

SCMC started to apply for JCI two years ago with the support of local health authorities and the US-based HOPE Foundation, an international non-profit organization and the hospital's long-term sponsor.

"JCI requires a hospital to give every patient, whether in an out-patient or in-patient department, a consistent, high-quality service," Liu said. "The service should be patient-oriented and ensure the patient's safety and health. Such a concept is sometimes ignored by domestic hospitals crowded with patients."


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