National healthcare security covers 67% of medical bills for COVID-19
Luo Mingchuan (L) works with his colleague at an operating room of the maternity and child healthcare hospital in Hohhot, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, May 11, 2020. Luo Mingchuan, 28, is a nurse working at the maternity and child healthcare hospital of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, Luo volunteered to go to central China's Hubei Province to aid the novel coronavirus control efforts there. At the Jianghan temporary hospital in Hubei, Luo has witnessed that patients' condition were improved both physically and mentally. Patients and medical workers have forged a strong relationship by fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic together. "It's great to see my patients get recovered and discharged from the hospital, and it's a touching moment when we waved goodbye," Luo said, "Working in Wuhan is an unforgettable experience, which has made me become more mature." (Xinhua/Wei Jingyu)
China's national healthcare security system has paid more than 1.2 billion yuan ($171.34 million) for patients confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 infections as of July 19, the healthcare authority said on Tuesday.
According to the National Healthcare Security Administration, a total of 1.232 billion yuan has been covered, accounting for 67 percent of the total 1.847 billion yuan for the COVID-19-related bills on the system.
The administration introduced a policy at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak to prioritize medical treatment process over payment, to ensure patients can get timely medical attention without worrying about the medical bills. The administration has also allocated special funds to medical institutions undertaking COVID-19 treatment.
China has been putting forward policies to alleviate financial pressure on individuals and businesses from the coronavirus crisis. Starting from February, local healthcare authorities reduced the amount of healthcare insurance that needs to be paid by companies for employees. The policy is expected to reduce the overall bill by over 1,150 billion yuan for enterprises.
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