Poisoned Back Into Poverty

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By the government’s own count, 25 million workers in China are in regular contact with hazards such as toxic chemicals and coal dust, and 13,000 new cases of job-related illnesses are reported every year. Tens of thousands of other workers are injured or killed in industrial accidents.

At the same time, market reforms have undermined the socialist health care system that once covered 90 percent of China’s population. In its place has emerged a jungle of a medical system in which many workers are receiving inferior care, at higher costs, with little or no insurance.”