Premier Wen gives online interview at Xinhuanet, Gov't
Premier Wen Jiabao
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao holds an
online chat with netizens jointly hosted by the central government website
and Xinhua website in Beijing, China, Feb. 28, 2009. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)
BEIJING, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen
Jiabao said here Saturday that China will strive to improve the country's health
care system to make health care more accessible and affordable.
He made the comment in an online chat with netizens jointly hosted by the central government website (http://english.gov.cn) and the Xinhua News Agency website (http://www.chinaview.cn
China's State Council, or Cabinet, passed a long
awaited medical reform plan last month which promised to spend 850 billion yuan
(123 billion U.S. dollars) by 2011 to provide universal medical service to the
country's 1.3 billion population.
Wen said the plan covers five aspects:
-- Expand the coverage of medical insurance. Increase
the amount of rural and urban population covered by the basic medical insurance
system or the new rural cooperative medical system to at least 90 percent by
-- Build a basic medicine system that includes a
catalogue of drugs that mostly needed by the public.
-- Improve medical service systems (especially those
at the grassroots level). Build another 5,000 clinics at the township level,
2,000 hospitals at the county level and 2,400 urban community clinics in three
-- Gradually provide equal public health services in
both rural and urban areas in the country.
-- Start to reform public hospitals.
"Health care reform is not easy. Our determination to
push forward the reform shows that the government cares about the health of the
public," Wen said.
Wen said the principle of the reform is that public
medical service must have public good as its goal.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao prepares to
chat with Internet surfers on two state news portals in Beijing, China,
Feb. 28, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)
BEIJING, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier
Wen Jiabao responded to the criticism from Chinese netizens on Saturday,
admitting that to have seriously ill children rescued, a good medical system
would matter more than a good premier.
He made this remark in a joint interview by the central
government website (www.gov.cn) and this Xinhua News Agency website