The Combination of Medical Care and Old-Age Care for Chronic Diseases in Rural China

Ji Zhang, Sarisak Soontornchai, Suppalak Fakkham


In rural China, the combination of medical care and old-age care for chronic diseases has progressively gained social attention. With the population's aging trend, the number of chronically ill patients in rural areas continues to rise, posing a substantial challenge to both old-age and medical resources. This analytical research article discovers that the integration of medical care and old-age care in China suffers from a lack of resources in rural areas and a lack of attention to patients with chronic illnesses. This combination should be addressed by improving the functions and status of rural nursing facilities in order to provide medical care and old-age protection for rural inhabitants suffering from more diversified ailments and complex needs, such as chronic diseases.

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