New Health Care Measures to Help Relax Price Controls for Hospital Services
A series of health care measures were unveiled yesterday that will help relax price controls of private hospitals services and further encourage private sectors in building more health institutions. These new measures were announced in a statement together by the National Development and Reform Commission and the National Health and Family Planning Commission and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.
The new measures are intended to allow private organizations to have more leeway in charging what they prefer for medical services and to further encourage competition. Experts are saying that several authorities want nongovernment capital to enter the health care sector in hopes to increase the supply of medical services that will ease the shortage of medical services that are available to the public.
This also means that nonpublic hospitals must be included in the public medical insurance schemes and related government departments must also implement the same reimbursement policy that public and private hospitals offer.
The public medical insurance programs of China include health insurance for all urban employees that is paid jointly by governments, individuals and employers. While health insurance for non working urban dwellers and rural cooperative health insurance for rural residents are paid for individuals and the government.
China’s public medical insurance programs include health insurance for urban employees, which is jointly paid by governments, employers and individuals; health insurance for nonworking urban dwellers; and rural cooperative health insurance for rural residents, which is paid for by governments and individuals. All public and non public hospitals will be treated equally based on access to medical insurance programs and other qualifications.