Guangxi Joins Health Insurance System Reform

Added On May 18, 2017

China has integrated Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and its 14 prefecture level cities into the national health insurance inter-province system.

This allows patients insured in other provinces can receive medical treatment in Guangxi and be immediately reimbursed.

China reports has the story.

80-year-old retiree Zhang Zhenbei lives with his children in Nanning, capital city of Guangxi. Before he retired here he worked at a state-owned enterprise in Hainan province.

Earlier this month, Zhang underwent a cataract surgery in the First Affiliated Hospital of Guangxi Medical University. But because his health insurance was bought in Hainan, getting reimbursements was difficult.
"I bought health insurance in Hainan and receive medical service in Guangxi. What did I do in the past? I received hospitalization here and paid with my own money. After that I gathered all the paperwork and get reimbursed when I returned to Hainan. It was so tiring and I consider myself too old to go through all the complicated procedure."
But now that China's national health insurance inter-province settlement system has spread to Guangxi province, Zhang's health insurance can be reimbursed right here in Nanning.
"My burden was released and I don’t have to travel the long distance.
I just hand in my medical insurance card and I don’t have to worry about how much I should pay for the service. It was really convenient."
In March, Guangxi completed a trial period of exchange with Shandong, Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Heilongjiang provinces and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Now 65 medical institutions in Guangxi have joined the national system.
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): WU XUEWU, Director of executive office at Guangxi Socal Security Bureau 
"The most convenient thing is that people don’t have to travel long distance to go through all the procedure. An insured person just need to pay his share, and the rest which can be covered by the insurance is left to the settlement system."
Guangxi Social Security Bureau will work on the inter-province system at county level hospitals later this year. This will mean people from other provinces who receive medical service in Guangxi will access better reimbursement services by the end of 2017.