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Updated: 2014-05-22

The medical security system is set to cover more people in a better way, while narrowing the gap between urban and rural areas. Per capita funding of the new type of rural cooperative medical insurance is expected to exceed 300 yuan ($48.15) by 2015. The reimbursable ratio of medical costs will be raised, especially for critical illness in impoverished families, in which cases no less than 90 percent will be covered by insurance.

Preventing and controlling major diseases will be high on the government agenda, with a system dedicated to eliminate measles while curbing malaria, tuberculosis, hepatitis B, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases. Chronicle diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and stroke will be further controlled in more areas.

Basic public health services will become more equitable, with a noticeable raise in the per capita funding of major programs and wider population coverage. Public health services are expected to reach more of the migrant population, especially migrant workers, by 2015.

A pharmaceutical supply network will be set up based on the national system of basic drugs. Medicine and medical equipment are under strict supervision to ensure their quality and safety. Guidelines for drug application will be drawn up to reduce risks and abnormal reactions and to make sure that drugs are used according to due procedures in second and third-tier hospitals.

Sufficient financial support is entailed to better prevent and control diseases, ensure food and water safety, lift occupational health, improve school hygiene conditions, and manage health emergencies. Meanwhile, a supervision mechanism and a monitoring system will be used to ward off risks and reduce unsafe incidents.

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