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