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Patients with Financial Difficulties

139.     With the rapid advance in medical technology in recent years, the efficacy of treatment of serious illnesses such as cancer has notably improved. But the new medicines used are often very expensive. I propose to inject $1 billion into the Samaritan Fund to enable more new medicines to be included on the subsidy list of the Fund according to the established mechanism so as to relieve the burden on patients with financial difficulties.



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