China to Pilot New Payment Method in 20 Regions
Jiao Yahui of the ministry’s medical administration said that patients can now use a pay after method after getting medical treatment as part of a new payment method in more than 20 provincial regions which already carried out pilot programs of the pay after method in public hospitals.
Although the media reported that the payment scheme will be implemented across the country, Jiao assured that the ministry have not given such an order. The pay after method is still being studied and the new method might not be applied nationwide due to an immature social credit system along with an insufficient medical insurance. Local governments are asked to do pilot programs to make sure if the method is feasible.
As of the moment residents must pay before they undergo any operation or treatment. Then patients must pay all medical bills then apply for reimbursement if they are covered by any medical insurance which is usually 70 percent of treatment fees. If the new system works out it will be beneficial especially to patients that are suffering from extreme medical conditions. They can now receive medical treatment, and then pay fees that are not covered by insurance the rest will be shouldered by the government.
The method was tested in a hospital in Beijing in 2009 and was received well by patients. These programs went smoothly in many areas but some patients leave without paying after getting treatments. In cases like this hospitals can get compensation from the government.