Healthcare and tourism are in focus
A number of ministries responded to a series of public concerns over the past week, including public healthcare insurance, tourism and government procurements.
Insurance covers more medicines
Another 36 expensive medicines have been added to the list of public healthcare insurance coverage, according to a notice recently released by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.
With subsidies from healthcare insurance, the average prices of those medicines has dropped by 44 percent, compared to those in 2016, the notice said.
Some medicines will be sold at only 30 percent of last year’s price. Imported medicines will sell less than in surrounding economies, significantly reducing medical bills for patients.
On the list are 31 Western medicines and five Chinese, taken to alleviate diseases such as lung cancers and kidney ailments.
$80 billion to aid rural tourism
China has moved to promote the development of rural tourism with increased investment and supportive policies as the government expects to help tackle poverty in rural areas and boost growth.
This year will see 550 billion yuan ($80 billion) being invested into the sector, according to an action plan recently released by the National Development and Reform Commission and 13 other ministries.
In comparison, rural tourism received an investment of less than 390 billion yuan last year.
Benefiting from such enormous investment, rural infrastructure and tourist services will be greatly improved, with better facilities such as cleaner restrooms, more efficient sewage treatment and garbage disposal, as well as more convenient parking and information centers.
The document highlighted the participation of private capital and financing models, including the public-privatepartnership that has been widely adopted in a large number of projects in fields such as environmental protection.