Health­care and tourism are in fo­cus

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - POLICY REVIEW - By HU YONGQI huy­ongqi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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.

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