New reg­u­la­tions es­tab­lish so­cial-safety net

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

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)

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