Alibaba and WeChat will be the Government’s armed branch due to digitizes national healthcare system
China is moving more and more of its governmental services online. Today Chinese Government is ready to enlist WeChat Pay and Alipay, China’s mobile payment duopoly operated by Tencent and Alibaba respectively, into the country’s national healthcare system. The goal? Digitize national healthcare system.
As reported by media, in seven piloting provinces and cities, the National Healthcare Security Administration has just started issuing electronic certificates that could be used as the digital version of China’s social security card which gives Chinese citizens access to their national healthcare insurance scheme. Residents from these areas could active their e-certificates either through a dedicated app associated with the scheme, or, via WeChat Pay and Alipay if they are already users of the two payment apps.
Through WeChat or Alipay ,users will be able to enjoy all the benefits provided by their physical social security card, but without bring paper certification one when they are making doctor appointments, paying for or reimbursing medicines and healthcare services.
By the way, this is not the first time the Chinese mobile payment duo incorporates their platforms to public services in China. In 2018 China already launched the electronic social security cards nationwide. The card let users to get easy access to information such as their identification, employment, and payment records. People can also make online payments via WeChat Pay and Alipay for social security expenses, including registration fees for insurance, training and test fees, and other relevant payments.
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