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China Strives for Full Coverage of Medical Insurance


Li Keqiang

Through a few years of effort, China has established a medical insurance system covering over 95% of its population. However, people still have to pay a part of their medical bills.

A serious sickness is still too expensive and may cause the patient or even all his family members to lose all his and even their property.

China’s official CNTV network reports in its prime time news on July 19, Vice Premier Li Keqiang, who is expected to succeed Wen Jiabao, held a plenary session of the Medical Reform Leading Groop in Beijing on July 9 to discuss the ways for further  medical reform.

CNTV says, Li Keqiang who heads the group, “points out in the meeting that insurance for serious sickness is a major benchmark for the quality of the medical insurance system. At present, basic medical insurance has, in the main, covered all urban and rural areas in China, but a system of insurance for serious sickness has not yet been established.

There is a prominent problem of poverty caused by sickness, and well-to-do people falling into poverty due to sickness. Often, the serious sickness of a family member may bring his whole family into difficulties. Over the past few years, quite a few localities have vigorously explored ways for the insurance for serious sickness, and gained some experience.

We have to make up our minds to include medical insurance for serious sickness into our all-people medical insurance, and extend the functions of basic medical insurance in that respect. That will be conducive to making our social security net stronger and more consummate, resolve serious patients’ special difficulties and free people from the anxiety over unexpected serious sickness, so as to bring hope and warmth to them.

Li stressed the need to create new mechanism to combine basic medical insurance with commercial insurance and charities for funding such insurance.

Establishment and perfection of the social security net, including medical insurance, unemployment insurance and pension scheme, are a part of the Chinese government’s ambitious scheme to remove people’s safety motive for excessive saving. The government believes that being freed of the worry for the uncertainty in the future, people will substantially reduce savings and increase consumption.

Together with other measures such as wage increase and urbanisation, the government will enable the emergence of an expanding huge domestic market. The government plans to build 36 million affordable housing units in five years and began construction of 10 million units last year. With such housing, migrant workers may bring their children to the cities where they work; while the government will provide equal education opportunities for their children.

That will be a good way to increase consumption. When you live in Chinese cities, you can see that the first generation of migrant workers are thrifty, but their children spend their money in just the same way as urban people.

With a growing huge domestic market of 1.3 billion people, China will not be in trouble when its export market shrinks.

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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee

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