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Schermafdruk 2018 01 14 19.22.23China now has 28,000 registered nursing institutes for the elderly and more than seven million elderly home beds, reports Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua. By September of 2017, there were more than 12,500 private nursing homes in China, up 7.8 percent from the same period in 2016, while the number of community service facilities for the elderly reached 38,000. Huang Shuxian, the minister of Civil Affairs, announced these statistics at the 2018 National Conference on Civil Affairs on Tuesday. According to Huang, by the end of November 2017, medical services were provided in 93.4 percent of all nursing homes, which surpasses the ministry's target ahead of schedule. Additionally, the ratio of nursing beds designed for those incapable of taking care of themselves rose from less than 30 percent in 2015 to 46.4 percent. Moreover, 2,122 nursing homes that did not meet the required standards were closed during a special campaign conducted by the Ministry of Civil Affairs in 2017. China faces severe problems in terms of its growing ageing population. The number of Chinese over the age of 60 is expected to rise to more than 487m in 2050. The country is also estimated to have 42m disabled elderly people by 2020, with that number set to double by 2050.

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