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General Secretary Xi Jinping Chairs 14th Meeting of Central Commission for Comprehensively Deepening Reform

2020/07/01

On the afternoon of 30 June, Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee, President of China, Chairman of the Central Military Commission, and head of the Central Commission for Comprehensively Deepening Reform, chaired the 14th meeting of the Central Commission and delivered important remarks.

Xi stressed the importance of completing the main tasks of the 13th Five-Year Plan, eliminating absolute poverty in China, successfully building a moderately prosperous society in all respects, and starting a new journey of building a modern socialist China. All these require us to rely on reform for making breakthroughs, blazing new trails, responding to changing dynamics and breaking new ground.

We must stay committed to our goals and focus on resolving problems. This requires the ability to create, build and sustain momentum while identifying, seeking and embracing changes. To this end, we must stay focused on key priorities, encourage exploratory efforts, make reform more effective, and contribute to greater economic and social development through reform.

The meeting reviewed the progress made on the health front since the third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee, including a more effective governance system on health, better allocation of medical and health resources, enhanced health services, building the world's largest network of basic health care, reduced burden on patients, improvement in people's health, and greater fairness and accessibility of basic health services.

China's health system has withstood the test of COIVD-19 and played a crucial role in winning the battle against the virus. We must, as always, put people's life and health front and center, increase the awareness of "all-round and life-cycle health" and place more emphasis on prevention.

Health care reforms in different localities should be thoroughly reviewed to sum up good practices and experience. On that basis, a package of reform measures with improved supporting policies will be rolled out to accelerate progress on the following priority tasks: optimizing the tiered medical services system, improving the mechanism for integrating treatment and disease prevention, deepening reform of public hospitals, further reforming the medical insurance payment system, enhancing the supervision of medical insurance funds, strengthening capacity building of community-level health care providers, and improving the medicine supply system.

The application of the latest information technology in health must be taken as a priority to retool the health management and service model, improve resource allocation and provide more efficient services.

Institutional remedies and solutions should be worked out to address the pronounced issues recently exposed in the COVID-19 response in some localities and forestall any resurgence of infections.

The meeting stressed the imperative to earnestly implement the reform tasks set out at the Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee in tandem with the tasks of the 13th Five-Year Plan. The goal of eliminating absolute poverty and of successfully building a moderately prosperous society in all respects should be combined. Efforts will be made to promote economic and social development while keeping up ongoing COVID-19 response, with key reforms advanced in a well-targeted manner.

The meeting also called for early planning of reforms during the 14th Five-Year Plan period, with more emphasis on institutional building and governance system and more attention to deep-seated institutional problems. The greatest dynamism of reform and innovation lies at the community level and among the people. It is imperative to further encourage and guide the growth of new things and new practices so that they will thrive and add to the new impetus of development.

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