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$1.84 Billion Earmarked to Train Family Doctors in China

By Wu Jing and Li Rongde
A community medical practitioner is seen in Tangyin, Henan province, in October 2014. The Chinese government will provide doctors training to be general practitioners a subsidy of 30,000 yuan ($4,370) a year. Photo: IC
A community medical practitioner is seen in Tangyin, Henan province, in October 2014. The Chinese government will provide doctors training to be general practitioners a subsidy of 30,000 yuan ($4,370) a year. Photo: IC

(Beijing) — The central government has earmarked 12.6 billion yuan ($1.84 billion) to train general practitioners (GPs), a move that aims to correct the shortage of family doctors in China.

Jin Shengguo, a deputy head of the training unit at the National Health and Family Planning Commission, said Tuesday that each physician will get an allowance of 30,000 yuan a year while undergoing a three-year training program.

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