E China Province to Offer Free Maternal Medical Care, Rural Childbirth Subsidies

May 4, 2017  By Yao Jian and Wang Danqing  Editor: Rong Chen

Pregnant moms in east China's Shandong Province will be able to enjoy free basic medical services during the whole of their maternity period, according to recent guidelines.

The measure is outlined in the Shandong provincial government's latest 13th Five-Year Plan on Hygiene and Health.

In addition, the recently-released paper states that a subsidy system will be promoted to benefit pregnant women from rural areas who choose to give birth in hospitals.

By 2020, each county or city will build at least one government-supported and standardized maternal and child health care service center, the guidelines indicate.

The initiative aims to strengthen the full range of maternal care in Shandong and further improve specific care for women who get pregnant later in life.

The policy pledges to lower the birth defect rates and the mortality rates of pregnant women and infants.

Shandong also hopes to raise the women's common disease screening rate to 80 percent.

Furthermore, the plan specifies enabling the elderly and those from underprivileged groups to benefit from related subsidies and a social insurance system.

(Source: China Women's News/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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