State Council: Medication reimbursement for hypertensive diabetes outpatient service increased to more than 50percent.

 State Council: Medication reimbursement for hypertensive diabetes outpatient service increased to more than 50percent.

Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council, chaired the executive meeting of the State Council on September 11, demanding that peoples concerns be closely followed to further safeguard the basic livelihood of the people; decided to promulgate the reimbursement policy for medicines used in hypertension and diabetes clinics for urban and rural residents so as to alleviate the burden of hundreds of millions of patients; and deployed in-depth promotion of the development of the combination of medical Needs for the aged.

The meeting pointed out that according to the plan of the Central Committee of the Party and the State Council, it is important for the government to focus on conforming to the peoples yearning for a better life and solving the peoples anxieties and worries. Under the current situation, to ensure and improve the peoples livelihood, we must give prominence to ensuring the basic peoples livelihood. Only when the peoples livelihood foundation is consolidated, can the development foundation be consolidated. We should give priority to stable employment, continue to provide employment services for unemployed university graduates, support stable employment in difficult enterprises and transfer of workers, and open up more channels for flexible employment in cities and income increase of migrant workers. We should implement measures to maintain the supply and price of pork, rectify unreasonable restrictions on pork maintenance, and supply meat, eggs, vegetables, natural gas and other markets this winter and next spring. We will further promote poverty alleviation and fortification. We will ensure the basic livelihood of the people affected by floods and other disasters and ensure a warm winter. Implementing social security system such as bottom-up and temporary relief. Ensure that basic pensions are paid in full and on time. Departments should deepen grassroots understanding of the expectations and demands of the masses, carefully sort out and make every effort to solve the seemingly problematic and prominent problems concerning peoples livelihood. We should foster new economic growth points oriented by peoples livelihood needs, increase government support and drive social input, increase the provision of inclusive and high-quality services such as education, medical care, old-age care and childcare, respect residentswishes, intensify the transformation of old urban residential areas, continue to promote shanty towns, and study and support the construction of a number of shanty towns that benefit a wide range of areas. Major projects for peoples livelihood to make up for shortcomings will benefit the people more.

In order to further strengthen the prevention and treatment of major chronic diseases and lighten the burden of medication for patients, the meeting decided that for more than 300 million patients with hypertension and diabetes who participated in the basic medical insurance for urban and rural residents, their outpatient medication within the scope of the national basic medical insurance medication catalogue should be unified into the medical insurance payment, and the reimbursement rate should be increased to more than 50%. Where conditions permit, no starting and paying lines may be set, and the capping lines shall be set by the local authorities themselves. For those patients who have been included in the protection of chronic and special diseases in outpatient clinics, we should continue to implement the existing policies to ensure that the level of treatment is not reduced. Promote the price reduction and quality improvement of domestic antihypertensive and hypoglycemic drugs. Accelerate the centralized bidding and procurement, expand the scope of procurement, reduce the cost of purchasing drugs, implement the prescription system, and take various measures to reduce the burden of patients. This is also conducive to strengthening prevention and reducing the incidence of major diseases, and is conducive to the sustainability of health insurance funds.

The meeting identified measures to further promote the development of the combination of health care and health care. One is to simplify the examination and approval. If a pension institution holds a medical institution at or below the secondary level, it shall set up a combination of two certificates for examination and approval and registration. If a medical institution provides old-age services with existing resources, its construction and fire protection conditions may be directly filed on the basis of the qualifications already possessed by the medical institution. Second, by improving the price mechanism, abolishing unreasonable examination and approval, and implementing one window management, social forces are encouraged to organize medical and nursing institutions. Thirdly, we should encourage old-age institutions to cooperate with medical, rehabilitation and nursing institutions, support door-to-door services, and cultivate large-scale talents such as nursing for the aged. Fourth, we should implement preferential policies on taxes, fees and land use for medical and nursing institutions. Medical services that meet the basic medical insurance coverage are paid by the basic medical insurance fund. Conditional areas are encouraged to increase the number of medical rehabilitation projects included in the payment scope of basic medical insurance according to regulations. Fifthly, we should develop medical insurance, increase commercial insurance options for the elderly, and accelerate the pilot project of long-term care insurance.