URUMQI, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Since 2016, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has invested more than 4 billion yuan (about 564 million U.S. dollars) in just one project under the "Healthy China" initiative.
Today in this northwestern region of China, all residents are entitled to free annual health checks.
A comprehensive insurance plan that covers basic medical care, critical illness treatment and medical assistance has been applied to all the registered poor residents in Xinjiang so far.
Iminniyaz Hasan from Wuqia County of Xinjiang has benefited from the improving healthcare system.
He was diagnosed with coronary heart disease and high blood pressure during a free health checkup in 2016.
He was then registered on the chronic disease scheme and was treated with a little charge.
Likewise, after being diagnosed with tuberculosis, Kawuz Kawul from Shache County stayed in an infectious disease hospital for 80 days. Thanks to medical insurance, he only needed to pay 10 percent of his hospitalization costs.
Xinjiang has expanded basic medical insurance for tuberculosis patients, under which all treatment in outpatient departments and 90 percent of hospitalization costs can be reimbursed.
"I really appreciate the free treatment," says Kawuz Kawul.