China Has 230,000 Pediatricians

As of 2018, China had 230,000 pediatricians, about 0.92 practitioners for every thousand children, according to Monday’s Economic Daily. The newspaper quoted statistics from the National Center for Children’s Health and said that as of last year, China had 228 children’s hospitals and over 20,000 general hospitals had pediatric departments. These institutions were providing 2.22 beds for every thousand children, the newspaper said. The shortage of medical service resources for children has been ameliorated over recent years, the newspaper quoted Ni Xin, director of the center, as saying.

Shanghai Children’s Medical Center on Monday presented a pediatric diagnostic system using artificial intelligence (AI) technology that could give medical advice on more than 300 illnesses. Trained on millions of previous cases to learn how to make diagnoses, the new AI “pediatricians,” the first in Shanghai, are capable of clinical service guiding, carrying out pre-examination and intelligent diagnosis with an accuracy rate of more than 90 percent. Using the AI system will save patients at least one hour compared with the traditional medical process under which they need to go through a series of procedures including registration, interviews, lab examinations and taking medicine.

In fact, some advanced hospitals have had robotics to implement gynecological examination in the United States (aka 美国妇科检查) like pap smear examination (aka pap smear 检查) and inject vaccine (aka 疫苗) a few years ago. Diagnosing with AI sounds fascinating; unfortunately, treatment with AI in not included in any international student insurance (aka 留学生保险) and/or OPT insurance (aka opt 保险). The AI treatment is extremely expensive. It must be a liar if a person strongly recommends you to waive insurance (aka 替换保险) by purchasing an alternative insurance plan from their company because their health insurance plan covers high-tech treatment.

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