Shang­hai med­i­cal in­surance cov­ers in­ter­na­tional hospi­tal

Pol­icy move part of ef­forts to turn city into a top health­care cen­ter in Asia

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CAO CHEN in Shang­hai caochen@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Shang­hai’s med­i­cal in­surance scheme ex­tended its cov­er­age to med­i­cal bills at a for­eign-funded hospi­tal on Wed­nes­day as part of ef­forts to boost the city’s health­care ser­vice sec­tor.

Part of pa­tients’ med­i­cal bills at Shang­hai Ji­ahui In­ter­na­tional Hospi­tal, the first for­eign-funded toplevel pub­lic hospi­tal in Shang­hai, can now be paid by the city’s med­i­cal in­surance, the Shang­hai Com­mis­sion of Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning said.

The hospi­tal com­pleted com­pre­hen­sive in­ter­nal tests on six sec­tions, in­clud­ing reg­is­tra­tion, out­pa­tient and emer­gency, and surgery, in the past six months.

Dur­ing the first week of the test, about 5 per­cent of pa­tients used med­i­cal in­surance ev­ery day, ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics from the hospi­tal. For or­di­nary med­i­cal ser­vices, around 10 to 20 per­cent of a med­i­cal bill can be cov­ered by so­cial med­i­cal in­surance, while ser­vices for pa­tients with se­ri­ous dis­eases, such as can­cer, can have up to 40 per­cent of the bill cov­ered by the in­surance.

Li Sheng­nan, a 32-year-old pa­tient, went to the hospi­tal for asthma treat­ment on Wed­nes­day. The new pol­icy saw 424 yuan ($61.25) of her 1,250 yuan bill cov­ered by the med­i­cal in­surance, much to Li’s de­light as it re­duces the cost of qual­ity ser­vice at an in­ter­na­tional hospi­tal.

“The health­care sec­tor is vi­tal amid the con­struc­tion of a global city of ex­cel­lence in Shang­hai, as well as for its goal of build­ing a top med­i­cal cen­ter in Asia,” said Wu Jin­glei, direc­tor of the Shang­hai Com­mis­sion of Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning. “This pol­icy is aimed at pro­mot­ing a more in­ter­na­tional and di­ver­si­fied health­care sys­tem in the city.”

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pol­icy is a key out­come achieved un­der a guide­line re­leased in July on up­grad­ing lo­cal health ser­vices.

The guide­line in­cluded poli­cies on med­i­cal treat­ment, health ser­vices and in­surance. It fea­tured 50 mea­sures en­cour­ag­ing high-level pri­vate med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions to of­fer ba­sic med­i­cal ser­vices at sim­i­lar prices as pub­lic hos­pi­tals and to es­tab­lish med­i­cal qual­ity man­age­ment sys­tems in line with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards. Re­stric­tions on med­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions, clin­ics and gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers were also eased to boost the de­vel­op­ment of the health ser­vices in­dus­try.

“The aim is to wel­come high-level in­ter­na­tional med­i­cal brands to set up base here, and we will back them with land, fi­nan­cial, tax and per­son­nel sup­port,” Vice-Mayor Weng Tiehui said at the news con­fer­ence when the guide­line was re­leased.

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