Wednesday Long-term care insurance covers 57 million
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)