Adding to the list of programs that make China the most developed developing country, yesterday it was announced that the Chinese government will commit massive subsidies of about $123 billion dollars to achieve universal health insurance for all 1.6 billion Chinese citizens by 2011.

“…take measures within three years to provide basic medical security to all Chinese in urban and rural areas, improve the quality of medical services and make medical services more accessible and affordable for ordinary people.”

What this program will actually look like is not clear, but it does represent a major step forward for health in China. It also means that the government takes seriously the link between a healthy population and a healthy economy.

“荣誉” – which according to Babel Fish translation means “Kudos” in Chinese. For all I know, it could say flabby worm or anything else. But that is what I mean.

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