Medical coverage changes for rural residents
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.