Hefei, capital of East China's Anhui province, is among 12 cities nationwide to absorb maternity insurance into basic medical insurance, according to a draft resolution issued by multiple ministries on Wednesday.
China plans to finetune its social insurance system by integrating the maternity insurance, intended for women during pregnancy and childbirth, with the medical insurance, as they have a lot in common – they share the same designated medical institutes, drug lists, treatment items as well as information platforms, the Legal Evening News reported, citing Yin Weimin, minister of human resources and social security.
The move is the country’s latest attempt to make its social security system fairer and more sustainable, Yin noted.
Such a combination will allow one who participates in the basic medical insurance program to enjoy the benefits of the maternity insurance. The latter, therefore, will cover a larger population. In addition, governments will be able to increase efficiency and cut costs of running the social insurance system.
12 cities are singled out to pilot the program: Handan in Hebei province, Jinzhong in Shanxi province, Shenyang in Liaoning province, Taizhou in Jiangsu province, Hefei in Anhui province, Weihai in Shandong province, Zhengzhou in Henan province, Yueyang in Hunan province, Zhuhai in Guangdong, Chongqing, Neijiang in Sichuan province and Kunming in Yunnan province, the resolution showed.
China's social security system consists of basic pension insurance, basic medical insurance, unemployment insurance, work-related injury insurance and maternity insurance.