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Coronavirus patients in China face financial burden

Sun Yu, Wang Xueqiao, Nian Liu reported from Shanghai and Beijing

Chinese patients infected with COVID-19 are struggling with rising medical costs as government-backed health insurance plans cut coverage for COVID-19 treatments in the face of an unprecedented wave of infections sweeping the country.

According to local government announcements, at least 14 provinces and cities in China have stopped providing full-fee free COVID-19 treatment after Beijing abruptly canceled the “clearing” epidemic prevention policy last month. For three years, Chinese patients have received government-subsidized COVID-19 treatment.

Hospitals in Shanghai and Guangzhou switched to charging critically ill COVID-19 patients up to 20,000 yuan (3…

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