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Miners Battle Health Problems, Roadblocks to Compensation

Wastewater flows out of a sealed shaft at the Suiyang Fulai Coal Mine in Guizhou province. Photo: Jing Jie/Caixin
Wastewater flows out of a sealed shaft at the Suiyang Fulai Coal Mine in Guizhou province. Photo: Jing Jie/Caixin

Coal miner Ren Yunqing thought his life had hit rock bottom when he was diagnosed with black lung disease two years ago. But health problems were just the beginning of his troubles.

In July 2016, Ren was taken away by three plainclothes police officers over allegations that he was among hundreds of miners who had colluded with physicians to swindle payouts from a government-run medical insurance program using fraudulent diagnoses, he said.

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