Medical care issues in China

This article features 83.46% of vocabulary within HSK level 3.

The Chinese health services industry

Just as any other market in China, the market for health services is huge. And with a 1.4 billion population, even the most niche markets are mind-bogglingly large in absolute terms. Understandably, both foreign and domestic companies are fighting for a share of the pie. Because the pie tastes so good, some even resort to the not-completely-legal to get a better foothold. Foreign companies still command a level of respect among consumers, that Chinese companies are only slowly catching up to. Printing a "Made in Germany" on your packaging can easily justify double the price and people still buy it over more generic versions. Here's another reason for inflation, perhaps.

Chinese cynicism

The market for medical services in China is in reality little regulated and therefore prone to exploitation. Those with the most power (doctors, hospital staff, pharma) may use this power for personal gain (How much should I stuff in my 红包 hong2bao1?; in Chinese) which understandably creates cynicism among hospital goers as for the quality of treatment they may receive. On the other hand, there may be many health professionals who act with professionalism and integrity but will, nevertheless, be thrown together with the bad eggs.

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现在的医生和患者已经变成一种金钱关系。病人需要医生的努力医治,也需要医生的关心与鼓励,最近这种没有感情的看病让很多病人难以相信医生,他们花了钱就希望能身体健康,如果医生做不到,他们就会认为医生没有认真地治疗,容易产生问题。我认为医生可以一边检查病人一边和病人聊天照顾病人的心情,如果他们热情一点也许病人就可以解决问题。

2013年的10月25号,我在电视上看到——浙江省温岭市的一个医生在医院被一个男人刺死。

杀害医生的人是一个病人,他生病后就在这家医院看病,他觉得医院手术费不便宜,这么贵的手术费为什么还没治好病。希望这样的医生和病人的问题不要再发生。


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