Friday, 16 November 2012

Rural residents to get medical cover for 20 serious diseases - health minister

Health Minister Chen Zhu has announced that medical insurance cover for rural residents will cover 20 major illnesses such as childhood leukemia,  end-stage renal disease, lung cancer and other major diseases, and the medical insurance "reimbursement" ratio will be further improved. The reform measures of the new rural cooperative serious illness insurance, Home Relief, will effectively avoid family catastrophic medical expenses of rural residents.
  The minister said the changes will come into effect before the end of February 2013 to ensure more complete cover of treatment for childhood leukemia, congenital heart disease,  end-stage renal disease, breast cancer, cervical cancer, and serious mental illness. It will also cover AIDS opportunistic infections, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis and other medical diseases  such as lung cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, colorectal cancer, chronic myelogenous leukemia, acute myocardial infarction, cerebral infarction, haemophilia disease, type I diabetes, hyperthyroidism, cleft lip and palate.
  He said that, in principle, the the new  diseases compensation scheme should reach about 70% of the cost of the province's insurance budget. At the same time, it is necessary to strengthen the convergence with medical aid system, serious illness insurance pilot scheme, co-ordinate government and social funds, and further improve the  actual level of medical care.
   Minister Chen Zhu urged all localities to accelerate the work of major diseases, medical protection of rural residents. He also called for implementation of clinical pathways to ensure  the quality of medical services; carry out payment reform, improve the new rural cooperative handling services, improve the efficiency of the use of the Fund; combined with a comprehensive reform of the county-level hospitals to improve the ability of major diseases, medical services, promote grading clinics to protect medical services supply; perfect centralized bidding mechanism to protect the supply of pharmaceutical supplies, regulate the selling and buying activities, and reduce costs.

Read more: Sina Health

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