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Farmer health plan makes visits easier

STARTING Monday, local farmers who participate in the city's farmer health insurance will be able to see doctors at nearby community-based hospitals instead of going all the way to the hospital where they have permanent residence.

Officials from Shanghai Health Bureau said yesterday that Shanghai is one of the country's first cities to carry out such a policy as a convenience to patients.

Last year, 1.66 million of the region's 1.73 million farmers took part in the farmer health insurance system, which is paid by farmers, town governments and the city government to relieve farmers' financial burden when paying their medical bills.

Last year, 45 percent of outpatient expenses and 42 percent of hospitalization expenses were reimbursed to farmers, officials said.

To better use the limited medical resources, farmers are encouraged to go to community hospitals for small diseases and big hospitals for complicated illnesses.

The outpatient service and hospitalization reimbursement proportion is 70 percent for community hospitals, 60 percent for district-leveled hospitals and 50 percent for city-leveled hospitals.

Farmers who want health care at nearby hospitals must apply to farmer medical insurance management facilities in their registered residency with required documents.


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