95 percent of Tibet residents covered by basic health insurance

More than 3.4 million people in the Tibet Autonomous Region are covered by the public basic health insurance system, with a coverage rate of over 95%, regional officials said on November 30.

The maximum reimbursement of hospital costs is 90%.

The regional Party committee and the government have always attached great importance to improving the livelihoods and medical security of the people, and have made strides in solving the difficulties faced by people in obtaining medical care in the area. hospitals and pay the high costs, said Zheng Xuehong, deputy head of the Tibet ministry. Healthcare Security Bureau, said at a press conference on Nov. 30.

“Medical security is an important part of people’s livelihoods, and it is a major institutional arrangement to reduce the burden of medical treatment and improve people’s livelihoods and well-being,” she said. declared.

A multi-level health care security system with basic medical insurance as the main body, supplemental critical illness insurance and medical assistance as a foundation has essentially been formed in the region, has t she said, adding that the government subsidizes annual bonuses for the poor. .

The regional government recently released a document on deepening the reform of the health care safety system, according to which by 2025, the functions of basic medical insurance, critical illness insurance and health insurance medical assistance will be greatly improved, the press conference said.

“The reform of the health insurance payment model and the central purchasing system for drugs and medical consumables will have remarkable results, and the price of drugs and medical consumables will become more reasonable,” Zheng said.

The standard per capita subsidy for residents’ health insurance has been increased by 30 yuan ($ 4.80) this year, and is now no less than 580 yuan per person per year. Meanwhile, a resident’s standard contribution to medical insurance has been increased from 40 yuan this year, to 320 yuan per person per year.

Zhang Wei, another official in the office, said the financial subsidy from the government is more important than the individual payment of residents.

“The average financial subsidy standard for medical insurance for residents in Tibet has reached 615 yuan per year, 35 yuan higher than the national average,” Zhang said.

Chungdak, a resident of Lhasa, said he suffered from gallbladder disease and was hospitalized last year. The 58-year-old said he benefited from the area’s medical insurance policies.

“Illness is inevitable as I am getting older now, but I don’t worry much about medical bills as I am covered by the insurance policy,” he said.

“About 70 percent of my medical expenses were covered by the basic medical insurance system, and 20 percent were covered by a civilian aid medical assistance project.

“My family condition is not very good and the medical expenses are not easy for my family, so I am very grateful for the medical insurance system.”

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