China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs said on Tuesday that all new public elderly homes will be operated by private firms, although the facilities will be set up with government funds, Beijing Times reported Wednesday. The move is aimed at encouraging greater participation from within the society and better management of nursing care beds, it said. The ministry will also initiate reform on existing institutions, calling for more clearly-spelled job functions and efficient operation in order to provide better services. Elderly homes will be required to prioritize their services for single and widowed seniors, as well as the financially incapable. At present, there are over 40,000 elderly homes in China, with 72 percent of them being public institutions, the report said.
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