Wednesday Long-term care in­sur­ance cov­ers 57 mil­lion

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

More than 57 mil­lion peo­ple in China are now cov­ered by a new in­sur­ance pro­gram de­signed to pro­vide care to those who have lost the abil­ity to live alone, the Na­tional Health­care Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion said.

The es­tab­lish­ment of the longterm care in­sur­ance pro­gram has al­le­vi­ated the bur­den on the fam­i­lies of elderly peo­ple no longer able to live on their own, for rea­sons in­clud­ing frailty and dis­abil­ity, and greatly im­proved the in­firm’s ac­cess to nurs­ing ser­vices, ac­cord­ing to the au­thor­ity.

By the end of June, more than 184,000 sub­scribers had re­ceived ben­e­fits from the in­sur­ance pro­gram, with av­er­age pay­ments ex­ceed­ing $785 in the first half of the year. That cov­ered more than 70 per­cent of their av­er­age nurs­ing ser­vice ex­penses. (Photo 2)


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