Med­i­cal cov­er­age changes for ru­ral res­i­dents

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Med­i­cal in­sur­ance pro­grams for China’s ru­ral res­i­dents and ur­ban un­em­ployed will be merged into a sin­gle ba­sic health in­sur­ance plan to im­prove equal­ity and ef­fi­ciency, ac­cord­ing to a no­tice is­sued by the State Coun­cil, or China’s cab­i­net.

The govern­ment will in­crease sub­si­dies to the ba­sic in­sur­ance pro­gram, and sub­scribers will share a greater bur­den of the to­tal in­sur­ance fund, the no­tice said.

The new pol­icy will be­come China’s largest health in­sur­ance pro­gram, cov­er­ing more than 1 bil­lion peo­ple. An­other ma­jor one is the ba­sic health in­sur­ance pro­gram for ur­ban em­ploy­ees.

Un­der the new pol­icy, which is largely sub­si­dized by the govern­ment, all sub­scribers will pay the same pre­mium and have the same re­im­burse­ment rate re­gard­less of their res­i­dency sta­tus, it said.

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