China's State Council on Wednesday launched a pilot
program to ensure that more urban residents are covered by basic
One or two provincial cities will be chosen to test
the program, according to the executive meeting of the State
Council chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao.
All people, including children, who are not covered by
the basic medical insurance for urban employees can be insured
against illness through this new basic urban residents medical
The meeting stressed this pilot program will help
speed up the development of China's medicare services, a key
concern for many people.
The meeting also urged local governments to set
reasonable insurance fees and respect people's wills, while
requiring them to strengthen the supervision and administration of
insurance funds and ensure their safety.
Meanwhile, a draft regulation on the punishment of
civil servants was reviewed and ratified in principle at the
The regulation was passed to require civil servants to
practice a clean and frugal working style and faithfully fulfill
Participants at the meeting agreed on the need for the
The regulation sums up experience gained when
punishing civil servants in recent years, prescribes in details the
principles, jurisdiction, and procedure and also sets out how to
lodge an appeal, according to the meeting.
The regulation will be released by the State Council
after further amendments.
(Xinhua News Agency April 5, 2007)