Rural residents in China would be eligible for treatment at hospitals outside their hometowns.
The Chinese leadership has listed combating the abuse of power as a priority of its reforms.
On Nov 21, the Chinese hospital ship Peace Ark sailed from Zhoushan port in Zhejiang province to help with disaster relief efforts in the Philippines in the wake of a devastating typhoon.
Extreme weather like the heavy snowstorm in Northeast China's Harbin city that lasted several days proves a real test for many in cities.
Moves are in train to upgrade China's official spokesperson system and improve communications between the government and the public.
Experts are still attempting to evaluate the potential impact of China's blueprint for reform one week after a key Party meeting to discuss the nation's future.
As part of humankind's historical heritage, traditional villages have high value in terms of research, architectural techniques and cultural continuity.
Tibetan monks debate the best way to help people who are suffering
Onlookers could be forgiven for thinking that Ni Xinhong and Shen Huijuan are a married couple. The divorcees, who met in August 2010 and began living together three months later, alternating between homes because they felt they had "clicked", have been inseparable for the past three years and do everything as a couple.
After yet another late night spent browsing the Internet, Tracy Zheng, a 30-year-old PhD student at Nanjing University, swore to stop wasting time she could hardly spare.
Young offenders are back on the right track, Zhou Wenting reports in Shanghai.
Take a stroll around one of Beijing's big shopping malls,you may be surprised by the level of privacy available.