The idea is a unified network allowing all Chinese equal access to high-quality preventive care. The central government realizes a rural-urban gap in health service exists and intends to close it.
Under the new system, every Chinese on the mainland will get free clinical preventive services, health education, vaccinations, child and maternity healthcare, and chronic disease management funded by central and local governments.
This appears to the first time the central government has systematically and heavily invested in the healthcare sector.
English.EastDay.com reported Wu Ming, a professor at Peking University’s school of public health, as saying, "That’s more in line with a global trend to highlight prevention in health service delivery and is particularly significant for the huge rural population in the country, who had little access to such services before."