A Pic­ture of Health

On Au­gust 22, the Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment rolled out a pol­icy to en­able the coun­try’s mi­grant work­force to di­rectly clear their health­care ex­penses in the places where they work, rather than in their home­towns. In ad­di­tion, des­ig­nated med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions are

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of 1.4 bil­lion is cov­ered by the health in­surance sys­tem. The over­all health of Chi­nese peo­ple, even com­pared with those from medium- and high-in­come coun­tries, is quite good. It is not easy to reach the point we are at to­day.

The di­rec­tion and blue­print for China’s health­care re­form is pos­i­tive. The ques­tion is how to carry out the blue­print step by step. There are spe­cific in­struc­tions in the Healthy China 2030 blue­print re­leased by the Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment in 2016 and the rel­e­vant min­istries are tak­ing ac­tion to carry out this re­form.

I am ex­cited by the new pol­icy re­leased on Au­gust 22 to en­able the mi­grant work­force to di­rectly clear their health­care ex­penses in the place where they work. It is a move that ben­e­fits the grass­roots com­mu­nity and it shows that the Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment cares about the in­ter­ests of or­di­nary peo­ple.

What are the chal­lenges in China’s health­care re­form?

Mar­garet Chan, Chair­woman of the Global Health Fo­rum of the Boao Fo­rum for Asia and for­mer Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion

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