Doctor Zhang Deqing (R, front) talks to a villager while on his way to call on patients in Linyi, east China's Shandong Province. Mutual aid platforms are popular among China’s low- and middle-income households in rural areas. Photo: Xinhua Doctor Zhang Deqing (R, front) talks to a villager while on his way to call on patients in Linyi, east China's Shandong Province. Mutual aid platforms are popular among China’s low- and middle-income households in rural areas. Photo: Xinhua
Doctor Zhang Deqing (R, front) talks to a villager while on his way to call on patients in Linyi, east China's Shandong Province. Mutual aid platforms are popular among China’s low- and middle-income households in rural areas. Photo: Xinhua

China Society

Online mutual aid platforms are plugging a health care gap in China for those on lower incomes

  • China has dozens of online mutual aid platforms, with the three biggest players each having more than 10 million members
  • The platforms are popular among low- and middle-income households in rural areas, where there is often a lack of quality hospitals and affordable care

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Doctor Zhang Deqing (R, front) talks to a villager while on his way to call on patients in Linyi, east China's Shandong Province. Mutual aid platforms are popular among China’s low- and middle-income households in rural areas. Photo: Xinhua Doctor Zhang Deqing (R, front) talks to a villager while on his way to call on patients in Linyi, east China's Shandong Province. Mutual aid platforms are popular among China’s low- and middle-income households in rural areas. Photo: Xinhua
Doctor Zhang Deqing (R, front) talks to a villager while on his way to call on patients in Linyi, east China's Shandong Province. Mutual aid platforms are popular among China’s low- and middle-income households in rural areas. Photo: Xinhua
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