Xinhua News Agency (12.01.11) - Thursday, December 08, 2011
In a World AIDS Day discussion with patients, researchers, and
doctors, Premier Wen Jiabao pledged additional steps to
improve treatment access and end HIV-related discrimination.
The State Council next year will introduce special medical
assistance in regions hard-hit by AIDS to ease the financial
burden on patients, Wen said. "Detailed measures are being
drafted by relevant departments," he said, noting that some
AIDS drugs will be included in China's essential medicine
system, meaning their prices will be controlled, and they
could be covered by basic health insurance. Wen further said
the government will increase its financial aid to families
impoverished by AIDS, raising their allowance and providing
housing for homeless patients.