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COVID is undermining China's bold plan for universal health care

Costs of mass testing, vaccination and treatment are draining insurance funds

| China
A man gets tested for COVID-19 at a nucleic acid testing site in Shanghai on July 12: China has good reasons to refuse to coexist with the COVID virus.   © Reuters

Zhou Xin is senior vice president for public affairs at artificial intelligence-driven molecular imaging company Evomics Medical and is executive chief editor of AI community platform The Yuan.

Since 2016, the Chinese government has been working on preparations to launch a universal health insurance system by 2030 that would ensure access to medical services for all citizens without subjecting them to extortionate fees.

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