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National social service facilities gradually improving

| 2016-07-27 | Hits:
(Chinese Social Sciences Today)

As of the end of 2015, the population of Chinese people aged 60 or older numbered about 222 million, constituting approximately 16 percent of the national population, according to the Gazette of Social Service Development released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of China on July 11. The gazette also suggests that there were half a million orphans, of which about 90,000 were raised in orphanages while 400,000 were raised through other means. There were about 1.77 million social service institutions and facilities in China in 2015, an increase of about 5.8 percent over the previous year. Those employed in social service-related industries numbered around 13 million, an increase of about 4.6 percent. Spending on social services totaled about 493 billion yuan, through which the government has financed a basic medical insurance program covering 66 million indigent people.