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Elder-care reforms urged

By Sun Xiaobo (Global Times)

09:37, December 07, 2012

China plans to give preferential policies to elder-care institutions after investigations revealed many aging people in rural areas are receiving inadequate care, civil affairs officials told a forum on Wednesday.

Wang Hui, an officer with the Ministry of Civil Affairs, said at the Eighth National Geriatric Care Forum that China will provide more support for the elder-care industry in terms of improved laws and policies, the Beijing News reported.

The State Council may soon issue a document relating to elder-care institutions that will provide preferential policies on land, tax and subsidies to support the development of the industry, Wang said.

Wang said the Law on the Protection of Rights and Interests of the Aged will be reviewed later this month.

In 2010 senior citizens accounted for 15.6 percent of the total rural population and the proportion is expected to rise to 33 percent by 2030.

Wang said elder-care services lack funding, skilled personnel and relevant policies and support mechanisms. With more adults moving to cities to work, their aging parents are left at home making caring for their needs more difficult, added Wang.

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