China to expand serious illness insurance program in 2014

China to expand serious illness insurance program in 2014

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People in China suffering from serious illnesses will soon be able to get more compensation from the country’s medical insurance plans. China is expanding a program which will allow more compensation from medical insurance plans to all regions of the country in 2014.

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The State Council medical reform office said on February 8, 2014 that by the end of June 2014, pilots of such programs will most likely be launched in the provincial-level regions of the country. The statement went on to say that the move has been made in order to reduce cases in which people are faced with poverty due to high medical fees.

In 2012, six authorities in China issued a circular on the program and stated that portion of the funds generated in the current basic medicare insurance plans for both rural and urban citizens can be utilized to buy commercial medical insurance. In turn, this will enable a greater proportion of the medical fees of people suffering from serious illnesses to be covered.

A statement on February 8, 2014 said that local finance, social security, human resources and health and insurance authorities need to team up in order to encourage the program. The statement added that more efforts must be put into raising awareness among the public of the program so that it can make the benefits easier for people in China to secure.

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