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Why is medical relief adopted and implemented in Shanghai?

To accelerate the reform of the Medical Insurance System for Urban Employees and based on the spirit of the Notification on Strengthening the Medical Assistance and Relief Provision to the Employees in Shanghai issued by the Municipal Government, this multi-level medical security system is built: with Basic Medical Insurance as the main body, Additional Medical Insurance as the supplementary and Medical Relief as the support. It is expected to provide necessary assistance to low-income employees and poverty-stricken groups (caused by disease) through governmental medical assistance and relief, and relieve the economic burden on those people experiencing difficulties.