Ni Hao

From a distance, you would assume that China has a socialized Healthcare model that covers the entire population...similar to the UK or France.  Actually, their Insurance model is somewhat similar to ours here in the states.  Prior to China's social reform in the mid 1980's every citizen was covered under a centralized government model.  Social Reform changes removed this coverage and created a privatized employer based insurance model similar to ours in the states.  Unless you were a government official prior to the reform shift, you were required to get coverage from your employer or pay for Healthcare services out of your own pocket.  At first glance, this seems like a pretty harsh change.  But through conversations with many people here, it seems that the cost for most basic Healthcare services is minimal, in comparison to ours.  Over the next few weeks, I'm going to delve into this topic much further and provide more insight on how Health Insurance or service delivery really works here in China.

Xie Xie,

Ben

 

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