Bei­jing stan­dard­izes am­bu­lance fees

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

All am­bu­lances in Bei­jing will be fit­ted with taxi-style me­ters to reg­u­late fee-charg­ing, mak­ing the cap­i­tal the first city in China to rely on me­ters for such fees, ac­cord­ing to mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials.

Un­der the new pric­ing stan­dard, pa­tients can be charged up to 50 yuan ($7.70) for be­ing trans­ported by am­bu­lance for up to 3 kilo­me­ters (1.86 miles), and 7 yuan for ev­ery kilo­me­ter af­ter that. If an am­bu­lance is called but not re­quired, 50 yuan must be paid.

The cost of pre-hos­pi­tal emer­gency treat­ment in am­bu­lances will be cov­ered by the city’s ba­sic med­i­cal in­sur­ance pro­gram, the reg­u­la­tion states.

Dif­fer­ent stan­dards are cur­rently used to cal­cu­late trans­porta­tion fees by am­bu­lance in many ar­eas of China, which have some­times led to com­plaints of over­charg­ing.

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A Guizhou snub-nosed mon­key cud­dles her newly-born cub at the Bei­jing Zoo in Bei­jing on April 27. The cub is the sec­ond one for a pair of Guizhou snub-nosed mon­keys at the zoo. The simi­ans are a very rare and en­dan­gered species, with only 750 around the world.

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