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September 17, 2012
China's health care reforms raise life expectancy
09-17-2012 13:46 BJT
China’s health care resources have long been strained because of the country’s large population. But the Chinese government says, over the past ten years, major progress has been achieved.
The world’s largest developing country, with the biggest demand of medical resources, has been working to provide affordable healthcare for decades.
And now, major achievements have been made, particularly in rural areas.
Chen Zhu, Minister of Health, says, "Ten years ago, the new rural medical system began. It now covers 800 million people in rural areas, more than 95 percent."
That means illness or diseases no longer leave families penniless. Figures show medical costs have fallen sharply.
Chen also says, "In 2002, if you were ill, you’d have to pay about 60 percent of the medical cost. But now, thanks to government subsidy, personal medical expenses are just over a third of the cost."
The medical system concerns people’s fundamental rights and livelihood. These reforms are not just about reshaping a system. It’s also about rewriting the stories and lives of over a billion people across China.
In just a decade, Chinese people’s average life expectancy has risen from around 71 to nearly 75. Mortality rates of new born babies have been cut by more than half, from 30 per thousand to 12 per thousand.
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