Revamped social security system helps out folks in Shanxi


Updated: 2021-07-07

North China's Shanxi province has accelerated its establishment of a multi-level, fair, unified and sustainable social security system that covers all its residents and coordinates with urban and rural areas.

The province has continued to fully implement its province-wide insurance plan. 

By the end of 2020, the province's basic pension insurance coverage rate had reached 93.2 percent, while full coverage of unemployment insurance and work-related injury insurance had been extended. 

More than 32.45 million people have participated in medical insurance, accounting for over 95 percent of the total population in Shanxi.  

During the 13th Five-Year Plan period (2016-20), the monthly basic pension per capita of retirees increased from 2,639 yuan to 3,512 yuan ($408.14 to $543.14), an average annual increase of 5.8 percent. 

Meanwhile, the standard financial subsidy for medical insurance for urban and rural residents increased from 40 yuan per capita in 2007 to 550 yuan per capita in 2020. 

Shanxi has realized full coverage of major illness insurance for its urban and rural residents. By the end of 2020, more than 2.48 million people in the province had enjoyed outpatient medical security services for diabetes and hypertension. 

Elsewhere, the welfare of minors in Shanxi has been significantly improved, with the care and service system for left-behind children in rural areas being continuously upgraded. 

More than 4,900 orphans and over 5,600 unsupported children have been included in basic living security, medical assistance and education subsidies and assistance in a timely manner. Moreover, all newborns have enjoyed medical insurance protection. 

All 11 cities and 117 counties, county-level cities and districts in Shanxi have established coordination mechanisms for the protection of minors. 

In addition, the social security system for senior residents has also been streamlined.

Some 25.84 million people have participated in basic pension insurance, with minimum basic pension insurance for urban and rural residents rising every year. Meanwhile, a complete senior care service system, covering urban and rural areas and featuring the integration of medical and nursing care, has been under construction.