Senior citizens in Toutunhe qualify fornursing health-care subsidy

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Updated: 2013-04-18

The civil affairs bureau of the Toutunhe district of Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region has decided that any person above the age of 90 can now get a health-care subsidy of 100 yuan per month, starting in April.

The subsidy is to be provided on a quarterly basis to any senior citizen in the district. It comes at a time when the population in the district is aging fast, with a record 117 residents above 90. That number is expected to reach 155 by the end of the year.

The regulation is an expansion of a previous one that covered people above 65, who were living in poverty or had physical disabilities, and provided free nursing, housekeeping, and entertainment services, according to the local civil affairs bureau.

The Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region has had a social insurance safety net for senior citizens since July 2011, which includes medical care, a living allowance, and social assistance, in an effort to improve the lives of the aging population. Statistics show 2.4 million people above the age of 60 by the end of 2011, accounting for a little over 10 percent of the total population autonomous region. That number is expected to hit 2.9 million, by 2015.

Edited by Zhou Yuanyuan and Roger Bradshaw