Nursing care insurance needed for elderly in capital
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.
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.