Med­i­cal pay­ment sys­tem to be re­formed

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - POLICY REVIEW -

Nine­teen cat­e­gories of in­dus­trial prod­ucts will no longer be re­quired to have a man­u­fac­tur­ing li­cense, ac­cord­ing to a doc­u­ment re­leased by the State Coun­cil, China’s Cab­i­net. In ad­di­tion, autho­riza­tion of eight types of in­dus­trial prod­ucts will be del­e­gated to pro­vin­cial-level gov­ern­ments. The new rule re­duces the num­ber of types of in­dus­trial prod­ucts re­quir­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing li­censes to 38, with half of them to be man­aged by the General Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Qual­ity Su­per­vi­sion, In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine and the other half by pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments. The general of­fice un­der the State Coun­cil is­sued a timetable for stream­lin­ing and del­e­gat­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive pow­ers for this year. The govern­ment’s key tar­gets in stream­lin­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion within the year in­clude a na­tion­wide uni­fied cat­a­log for charg­ing, as well as re­duc­ing bur­den­some cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for res­i­dents. Tar­gets for this year were drawn up dur­ing a video and tele­phone con­fer­ence, presided over by Pre­mier Li Ke­qiang on June 13. The govern­ment will en­cour­age the par­tic­i­pa­tion of so­cial cap­i­tal in the pub­lic ser­vice. A com­pre­hen­sive net­work for in­for­ma­tion dis­clo­sure across de­part­ments un­der the State Coun­cil will be estab­lished in 2017. Med­i­cal in­surance funds will be bet­ter man­aged and a di­ver­si­fied med­i­cal pay­ment sys­tem based on dif­fer­ent types of dis­eases will be set up, ac­cord­ing to the State Coun­cil’s lat­est doc­u­ment on med­i­cal pay­ment re­form. Meth­ods of med­i­cal pay­ment may vary de­pend­ing on the type of dis­ease, whether the pa­tients are hos­pi­tal­ized and the level of hos­pi­tals in­volved. The re­form, aim­ing to di­ver­sify med­i­cal pay­ment chan­nels and en­sure the long-term sus­tain­abil­ity of the pay­ment sys­tem, is to be ap­plied across the coun­try by 2020 and reg­u­la­tion of med­i­cal in­surance funds will be­come stricter, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment. The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and the Min­istry of Fi­nance have is­sued a joint new guide­line that re­quires pro­vi­sion of free text­books for pri­mary and mid­dle school stu­dents in com­pul­sory ed­u­ca­tion. This means the pre­vi­ous pi­lot­ing free text­book pol­icy now cov­ers the whole coun­try. Lo­cal fi­nance au­thor­i­ties are re­spon­si­ble for shoul­der­ing the costs of text­books and pur­chas­ing of these must

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