Official data show up to 44 per cent of families pushed into poverty were impoverished by illness. Photo: Xinhua

Health care costs forcing China’s patients into crippling debt

While state insurance covers basic costs, severe illnesses, like the cancer that killed Li Xinjin’s son, can financially decimate a family. Lenders are stepping in to fill the gap

Official data show up to 44 per cent of families pushed into poverty were impoverished by illness. Photo: Xinhua
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