New regulations establish social-safety net
Elderly people without income and disabled people who are unable to work will be under State care as of May, according to a new rule issued by the State Council, or China’s Cabinet.
The State Council issued regulations about the minimum standard of living for low-income people; rescue and relief for people affected by disasters; and medical, education, housing and employment assistance.
China will establish an emergency medical assistance system, offering help to people who need immediate treatment. A medical fund will be established to pay the medical bills for patients in critical situations who cannot be identified.
The regulations provide a comprehensive social safety net for vulnerable social groups who fall into various difficult situations, said Tang Jun, deputy director of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Research Center for Social Policy, according to China Times, a Beijingbased newspaper. (Photo 2)