d compensation, as its latency period can be decades. By the time patients seek medical h
elp they might find their employers long closed, or they may realize they haven’t signed a labor con
tract and therefore can’t provide documents often needed for the diagnosis.
Also, a large number of migrant workers have not joined occupational injury insurance progra
ms, increasing their financial challenges in treating the lifelong disease, according to the commission.
The commission is working with other ministries and departments
to improve policies and provide better insurance to such patients, Li said.
In 2018, the commission asked health authorities in all provinces to cover pneumoconiosis patients in their efforts to relie
ve financial burdens and ease the task of applying for assistance by impoverished people in rural areas.