Beijing standardizes ambulance fees
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.
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.