China premier under fire over rising medical costs – Benjamin Kang Lim

From Reuters, via

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, under fire from political rivals over the disintegration of medical welfare, has pledged to expand a pilot program that provides subsidized care to rural residents, sources and state media said.

The vow came days after a 42-year-old farmer with terminal lung cancer set off a home-made bomb aboard a bus in the southeastern province of Fujian in a suicide attack one political source said was linked to his inability to afford treatment.

Wen chaired a cabinet meeting on Wednesday which decided to accelerate the two-year-old pilot program and expand it to cover 40 percent of rural counties nationwide by 2006 from 21 percent now, the official People’s Daily reported on Thursday.

August 13, 2005, 10:57 PM
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