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Govt policy moves from past week

Mo Jingxi
Updated: Aug 04,2021 07:09    China Daily

Medical bill payment services expanded

China has extended the country's interprovincial settlement services of outpatient bills to more than 23,700 designated hospitals and medical institutions in 29 provincial-level regions, with more than 3.38 million people benefiting from such services in the first six months of this year, according to the National Healthcare Security Administration.

With these services, citizens who are getting medical treatment in other provincial regions can have their bills settled by the public medical insurance system directly rather than having to return to the place they enrolled to be reimbursed.

Jiang Chengjia, an official with the administration, said at a news briefing on July 26 that public medical insurance paid for 54.9 percent of the total medical expenses involved in the direct settlement of interprovincial outpatient bills during the same period, which was 465 million yuan ($71.5 million).

By the end of 2022, there will be at least one designated medical institution in each county in China that supports the interprovincial settlement of medical bills, including outpatient bills, Jiang said.

Guidelines protect rights of food deliverymen

Chinese authorities have rolled out a series of guidelines defining the responsibilities of online catering platforms, including ensuring that food deliverymen earn above the country's minimum wage, in a move to protect the legitimate rights and interests of such workers.

According to the guidelines jointly issued by the State Administration for Market Regulation and six other governmental departments on July 26, platforms are prohibited from using the most stringent algorithm to evaluate a rider's performance.

Instead, platforms have to use a moderate algorithm that allows more time for riders to finish their deliveries.

Further, to ensure safety, platforms should improve their order assignment systems and optimize delivery routes to ensure that riders are given a reasonable number of orders, the guidelines said.

Authorities also urged platforms and the third-party companies they cooperate with to help riders gain access to social security insurance and to explore diversified commercial insurance plans for them.

The guidelines call for setting up temporary rest stations for riders, developing smart lockers for fetching deliveries and researching smart helmets for riders so as to improve working conditions and stabilize employment.

Ministry notice targets students' mental health

The Ministry of Education has recently issued a notice requiring that more targeted and effective measures be made to protect students' mental health, including making mental health education a part of curricula in middle and primary schools.

The notice said that educating students about sports, art and campus culture and instilling a hardworking spirit can play an important role in helping build positive mental health in students in an all-around way.

It also underlined the importance of offering students various forms of life education, including teaching them how to deal with frustration.

Further, it urged schools, families and society to strengthen their coordinated efforts and take active measures to help students deal with psychological problems they face in studies, life, relationships and self-awareness so they avoid the mental crises such problems may create, the notice said.

The notice also said that schools should immediately contact parents when accidents occur on campuses and investigate such situations under the guidance of local education and police authorities.

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