Xinhua News AgencyDecember 5, 2013 11:33
JINAN, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Zhu Chengyu strolls around her countryside courtyard as a form of exercise. Old age and illness blight her daily life.
The 78-year-old woman, who lives in Zhuhe village of Dong'e County in eastern China's Shandong Province, has been admitted to hospital five times this year for asthma and heart disease.
Medical expenses costing thousands of yuan was partly covered by basic medical insurance. The remainder, around 2,000 yuan, was a large sum for Zhu.