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China Moves on Urban Medical Insurance Expansion

by Fred Fortin

China plans to expand its medical insurance program for urban citizens over the next three years to include children and the unemployed, according to remarks this week by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. The increase in coverage will be financed by the central government extending coverage to an estimated 200 million additional urban residents. Pilot programs are to be launched in 79 cities by the end of September. Those cities will have some role in designing “a reasonable and practical policy for the pilot program in accordance with their own government revenue and living standards,” Wen said.

Wen’s comments are no surprise given the attention to health care reform from Beijing over the past year. The government has been reviewing a number of specific proposals and reform schemes in the last few months and public expectations are high for introduction of new programs. We should see some variety in these pilot projects as a result of this massive research effort on how to proceed in rebuilding the country’s health care system. And all eyes are now on Beijing to give the provincial and municipal leadership some guidelines and a more solid sense of direction not only for its urban population but for its rural citizens as well.


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[…] China Moves on Urban Medical Insurance Expansion by Fred Fortin, World Health Care Blog, July 28, 2007 China plans to expand its medical insurance program for urban citizens over the next three years to include children and the unemployed, according to remarks this week by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. The increase in coverage will be financed by the central government extending coverage to an estimated 200 million additional urban residents…. […]

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