Ne­ti­zens’ con­cerns re­layed to premier

China Daily (Canada) - - TWOSESSIONS - By ZHANG YUNBI zhangyunbi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A ques­tion on med­i­cal in­sur­ance came into the lime­light at Premier Li Ke­qiang’s news con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day, as it was se­lected through an on­line poll jointly con­ducted by China Daily and on­line news por­tal Toutiao.com.

The poll — “I have a ques­tion for the premier” — in­volved more than 24 mil­lion ne­ti­zens as of Wed­nes­day, and it called on each re­spon­dent to choose three out of 10 ques­tions con­nected with pub­lic liveli­hood.

“At the top of the list was ‘how to achieve na­tional porta­bil­ity of med­i­cal in­sur­ance plans’, which re­ceived 10 mil­lion votes from ne­ti­zens,” China Daily reporter Wu Jiao told Li at the news con­fer­ence.

Porta­bil­ity refers to al­low­ing in­sur­ance plan sub­scribers to keep their plan if they re­lo­cate or to be cov­ered if health­care is needed while away from home.

Other top­ics on the poll list in­cluded nar­row­ing the dis­par­ity in pen­sions, strength­en­ing food qual­ity and se­cu­rity, and speed­ing up con­struc­tion of af­ford­able pub­lic hous­ing.

“Mr Premier, is there a timetable for us to achieve na­tional porta­bil­ity of med­i­cal in­sur­ance?” Wu asked.

Li said: “I want to first thank you for con­duct­ing the sur­vey, ask­ing the peo­ple what the top con­cerns are in their daily lives. That will help the govern­ment do its job bet­ter.”

He went on to say that the govern­ment “is re­solved” to achieve na­tional porta­bil­ity of health in­sur­ance plans “at a faster pace” and that pro­vin­cial-level porta­bil­ity will be achieved within the year.

Qi Shuyu, a pro­fes­sor at the Chi­nese Academy of Gov­er­nance, said “it is a fresh idea” for in­flu­en­tial Chi­nese me­dia to so­licit and de­liver pub­lic opin­ions via the In­ter­net and new me­dia plat­forms.”

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