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Cheap Healthcare for Migrants
Three Shenzhen hospitals opened special departments Saturday to provide discounts for migrant workers.

Migrant workers with valid certificates can receive 10 to 50-percent discounts at the Shenzhen Frontier Guards' Clinic, the Shenzhen Liulian Hospital and Bantian Hospital.

These people have to carry their employee's cards to enjoy cheap medical treatment. Liulian Hospital at present offers free registration, outpatient service and specialist consultation and a 20-percent discount for medical checks and a 10-percent discount for room expenses for hospitalized patients.

The Shenzhen Frontier Guards' Clinic has taken an even bigger step in implementing the healthcare program for migrant workers by offering a 30-percent discount for medical treatment and a 15-percent for medicine charges. Medical checks are subject to a 50-percent discount.

Shenzhen hospitals have been the subject of frequent complaints about high charges. A campaign to help needy people tackle health problems was launched in Shenzhen to lower medical fees for migrant workers.

The campaign's organizing committee said it would join hands with the health bureau, civil affairs bureau and social security department to issue guidelines on healthcare for migrant workers.

The guidelines would standardize prescriptions from doctors to curb high medical costs for migrants. A handbook on discounted medical treatment will be issued to enable migrants to take advantage of discounted fees at member hospitals.

(Shenzhen Daily July 26, 2004)

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