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[Shenzhen] Migrants to pay lower inpatient fee
Latest Updated by 2005-09-14 10:25:16

SHENZHEN'S migrant workers are expected to pay much less for hospitalization expenses shortly, from the present 67 percent to a maximum of 40 percent, the Shenzhen Special Zone Daily reported Tuesday (Sep 13th).

The medical insurance scheme for migrant workers was introduced on a trial basis March 1. The municipal public health bureau and the labor and social security bureau have drafted a plan to expand that scheme, which has been approved by the municipal government.

The new trial scheme will expand from the present four subdistricts -- Buji, Longgang, Longhua and Shajing -- to 10 subdistricts, thus ensuring the scheme covers every district of the city. The six new subdistricts are Shatou Subdistrict in Futian, Liantang Subdistrict in Luohu, Xili Subdistrict in Nanshan, Yantian Subdistrict and Shatoujiao free trade zone in Yantian, Xixiang Subdistrict in Bao'an and Henggang Subdistrict in Longgang.

More medicines will be included in the medical insurance system, from the current 900 to 1,300. The expanded list covers more medicines on digestive and respiratory diseases, two ailments migrant workers are more prone to being affected by.

The existing scheme only covers workers in the manufacturing sector, while the new scheme will expand into service industries like hotels, shopping malls and transportation companies.

Since the new scheme was introduced in March, 720,000 migrant workers have joined the scheme, among which 119,000 received outpatient service and 391 was hospitalized. On average, they paid 24 percent of the outpatient expenses and 67 percent of the hospitalization expenses, with the remaining expenses being covered by the scheme.

Editor: Wing

By:Wu Tong Source:Szdaily web edition
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