Local doctor Wang Lei’s morning began with a call from a 70-year-old man named Wei: he complained of dizziness. Wang Lei and his colleagues went to his home to carry out diagnostics, including covid tests, as well as deliver medicine.
District doctor Wang Lei says, “We provide home health care to reduce the risk of infection among vulnerable groups in our neighborhood. Now many people are sick with coronavirus. For a district hospital, this is a great burden.”
Basic health facilities provide similar services. Patients are treated by family doctors. Residents can negotiate a collective agreement with a team of such specialists or pay for each home visit, which will cost around $10. More than 3,000 family doctor teams have already been established in Chengdu city, southwest China’s Sichuan province. This is enough to provide timely medical care to about 8 million people.
Mr. Wei, a Chengdu resident, says, “It’s very convenient. Dr. Wang Lei and other age-related disease experts are really professional and very kind to us.”
Wang Lei easily diagnosed the patient, hospitalization is not required, the patient will be treated at home.
District doctor Yin Xiaowen adds, “We also provide medicine to patients in the community during the pandemic. In addition, the patient can get an online diagnosis through a service where family doctors consult.”
In the context of the coronavirus outbreak, knowing that there is a doctor nearby who is ready to help you every minute is especially valuable; this allows you to fight the disease with more calm and confidence.