Li Keqiang: This year, 50percent of the medication used by patients with chronic diseases will be covered by insurance.

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 Li Keqiang: This year, 50percent of the medication used by patients with chronic diseases will be covered by insurance.


Li Keqiang: This year 50% of medication for chronic diseases will be included in reimbursement (source:)

The second session of the 13th National Peoples Congress closed on the morning of March 15. At 10:30 a.m., Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council met with Chinese and foreign journalists in the Great Hall of the People. Li Keqiang said that 50% of the cost of medication for chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes should be included in the reimbursement this year, and the reimbursement standard for major diseases insurance should be raised.

On March 15, Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council entered the meeting. Photographer/Beijing News reporter Xue Jun

Li Keqiang said that medical treatment is an important livelihood issue, especially serious illness is the pain point of peoples livelihood. The problem of expensive and difficult medical treatment does exist in our country. Over the past few years, efforts have been made to establish a system of providing basic medical security to the whole people, and a mechanism for the establishment of major illness insurance by the government and residents. These measures ease the burden of the people in need and are a pioneering work.

Li Keqiang said that this year the government will try its best to do two things: first, to reimburse 50% of the cost of medication for chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. Now there are 400 million people with hypertension and diabetes in our country, I went to the grass-roots level to investigate, some people told me that they got this disease three times a day can not be discontinued, the burden is heavy. Some people use a considerable portion of their pensions to buy medicines. We need to relieve or alleviate the pain of peoples livelihood.

Another thing is to improve the reimbursement standard of major illness insurance, consolidate that 1.4 billion people have access to major illness insurance, and let tens of millions of people benefit directly. Li Keqiang said that although health insurance covers the whole people, the level is not high, especially for farmers, it is very difficult to carry serious illnesses on their own. Without health, there will be no happiness. The government should alleviate the pain of peoples livelihood.