Concern over hospital funding
Updated: 2006-03-07 05:54
"I want him to give more financial support to these poor families to help
them develop the economy and increase their income," Yin said.
The premier said that, by 2008, a new co-operative medical care system and
medical assistance system would be in place in all rural areas.
The co-operative system, which will pool money from the central government,
local governments and villagers to establish a foundation, will be used to cover
parts of the medical costs of farmers.
However, the system, which reportedly has covered nearly 180 million rural
residents in China, has not been implemented yet in the village of Yin Zuluan.
In China, there are nearly 900 million residents in rural areas. Due to a
lack of money, about 60 to 80 per cent of those who pass away in western and
central parts of China die at home instead of in hospitals, official
Even in the areas where the co-operative system has already been established,
residents are still very hesitant in going to see doctors.
For example, in Xishihe village of Junan County of East China's Shandong
Province, farmers have to pay a lot even if they have been covered by the
system, said Xu Youtian, the doctor of the village.
The co-operative system is only designed to pay part of the costs for
medicines, which means the remaining cost of the overall treatment has to be
paid by farmers, Xu noted.