Patients from Nanjing will be entitled to direct settlement of medical expenses in Shanghai when they seek consultation and treatment at outpatient clinics in the country’s economic and financial hub. Nanjing has joined the pilot cities in Jiangsu for the direct settlement of trans-provincial medical expenses, following Xuzhou, Nantong and Yancheng in the first batch of the pilot project.
The pilot hospitals in Nanjing that have been incorporated into the direct settlement of medical expense program in the Yangtze River Delta are Jiangsu Provincial People's Hospital, Nanjing Gulou Hospital and Nanjing Meishan Hospital. The hospitals in Shanghai include Zhongshan Hospital, Huashan Hospital, Shanghai No.1 Hospital and 20 other medical institutions.
Authorities in Jiangsu province have spared no efforts to ensure that patients from Jiangsu will be entitled to direct settlement of trans-provincial medical expenses when seeking treatment at outpatient clinics in Shanghai by the end of this year.
The access to direct settlement of trans-provincial medical expenses has become a matter of urgency for Jiangsu since the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta got the endorsement from the central government as a national strategy last year.
Xuzhou, Nantong and Yancheng were listed as the first batch of pilot cities for the direct settlement of trans-provincial medical expenses.
Patients from the three cities can swipe their social security card to have the payment reimbursed directly when seeking medical treatment at 15 hospitals in the urban areas of Shanghai and some community healthcare centers in Jinshan district and Songjian district.
In the 2017 Government Work Report, the State Council proposed that a streamlined medical insurance e-platform would be promoted nationwide in a bid to facilitate settlement for nonlocal healthcare services.
By end of September that year, an integrated national e-platform for medical insurance materialized and came into force.
An expansion of the cohort covered by the policy was planned in the 2018 Government Work Report, calling for the incorporation of grassroots hospitals, migrant workers and nonlocal entrepreneurs.
According to related statistics, ever since the advent of national direct settlement of trans-provincial medical expenses, there has been a sharp increase in the number of people served and settlement amounts, bringing substantial convenience to migrant workers.
Additionally, further efforts will be taken to ensure the timely inclusion of all designated medical institutions into the national unified settlement e-platform, promoting online direct payments.
The national administration of medical insurance should work on overall planning and coordination, to effectively implement direct settlement of trans-provincial medical expenses.