Nurs­ing care in­sur­ance needed for el­derly in cap­i­tal

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

A ba­sic in­sur­ance pol­icy to cover the costs of nurs­ing care for ail­ing res­i­dents is ur­gently needed to cope with the ris­ing de­mand in Bei­jing as the city’s pop­u­la­tion rapidly ages, a health ex­pert said.

A lack of in­sur­ance means most pa­tients with chronic or ter­mi­nal dis­eases re­main in hos­pi­tals, some­times for months, said Yang Yingna, an of­fi­cial at the Bei­jing Geri­atric Hospi­tal, which spe­cial­izes in car­ing for the aged.

While China does not of­fer such in­sur­ance, it is con­sid­er­ing in­tro­duc­ing a gov­ern­ment-held nurs­ing in­sur­ance pro­gram to en­sure qual­ity and sus­tain­able care for aged res­i­dents who are un­able to live in­de­pen­dently due to ill­ness or dis­abil­ity, said Du Peng, di­rec­tor of the In­sti­tute of Geron­tol­ogy un­der Ren­min Univer­sity of China.

Bei­jing has 3 mil­lion to 4 mil­lion peo­ple age 60 years or older, and the av­er­age life ex­pectancy of the city’s per­ma­nent res­i­dents is ris­ing ev­ery year, ac­cord­ing to the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sion of Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning.

PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

A train com­mem­o­rat­ing Chi­nese leader Mao Ze­dong ar­rived at Bei­jing Rail­way Sta­tion on Oct 28 af­ter clock­ing 10 mil­lion kilo­me­ters (6.2 mil­lion miles). The lo­co­mo­tive was ap­proved in 1946 dur­ing China’s civil war to trans­port men and mil­i­tary sup­plies. It now runs be­tween Bei­jing and Chang­sha, Hu­nan prov­ince, where Mao was born.

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