Farmers benefit from medicare – Xie Chuanjiao

From China Daily:

A year ago Wang Hongwei was hesitant about handing over 10 yuan for a trial medical insurance system. But now, as the 56-year-old farmer from Shandong Province recovers from heart surgery, he knows he made the right decision.

For 10 yuan (US$1.25), the local government reimbursed 65% of his bill, paying 26,000 yuan (US$3,250). Without the insurance, Wang would have used up almost all of his life savings.

“I never expected I could get so much money from the government. It really is a big help for me,” he said. [Full Text]

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