Thursday, 10 January 2013

Xiamen medical insurance scheme cuts bills by 75%

Leaders of Xiamen in East China's Fujian province have increasingly focused on public welfare in recent years in an effort to translate the city's economic achievements into a better life for residents.
It sits atop the list of China's top 10 service-oriented governments jointly compiled by Nanyang Technological University and Shanghai Jiaotong University in late November.
Since Xiamen implemented a new health insurance system in 2009, rural residents have gained access to the same health insurance coverage as their urban counterparts.
With each resident paying 100 yuan per year, and the government providing an annual subsidy of 360 yuan per capita, the insurance reduces medical bills by up to 75 percent, protecting residents, especially the disadvantaged, from becoming mired in poverty because of medical costs, according to a health official.
In addition, the government is working hard to make it easier for residents to seek medical care.
The government has made heavy investments to increase the number of medical facilities to ensure that each district has at least one 3A hospital - China's highest medical ranking - and that there is a basic medical facility for every 10,000 to 20,000 residents.
In addition, appointments at all hospitals in Xiamen can be made in advance, so those who plan to see their doctors do not have to wait on the spot for their turns.
Also, the city's medical facilities accept each other's physical checkup results, saving patients the time and money required in most Chinese cities for repeated checkups.
Source: China Daily

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