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Shuangxi town pays medicare fees for farmers

( chinadaily.com.cn )

Updated: 2015-01-16

The government of Shuangxi town, Pingnan county, Fujian province, distributed 56,070 yuan ($9,048) from a governmental fund to pay for rural cooperation medical treatment enjoyed by 623 local residents in one-child or two-girl families on Jan 6.

Shuangxi town has started a free medical care policy for birth-control families since 2006. The policy allocates special funding to help members in one-child and two-girl families to pay their personal fees in the new rural co-operation medical system.

This new medical system is conducted by the Chinese government and voluntarily joined by rural residents. It aims to give them support in the case of severe diseases, and is paid for by both the government and the insured.

By Zhai Song and edited by Brian Salter