China hospitals to start appointment times

Chinese netizens applause government’s hospital appointments proposal_English_Xinhua .

Anyone who has been to Chinese hospitals, even most VIP centers, knows that there is no real appointment system for doctor visits. This is most chaotic in the most well regarded hospitals, and some patients camp out for hours each morning and still are not guaranteed a visit. There’s a black market each day selling higher ticket numbers.

Hopefully this will change in two months, as the article above mentions last week’s announcement to start appointments in October. This is a good step for Chinese health care, and very much needed. I like to think that as more middle class Chinese experience the relative luxury of expat clinics’ appointment times and 15-20 minute visits, that they will start demanding such service from their own hospitals and clinics. We’ve already started to see more mid-level hospitals such as New Century Pediatric Hospital, and surely many more will come as the government is now investing heavily in health care — including national health insurance. I never thought that China would get universal health care before the US!

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  1. as an American Expat in Beijing I had the Chinese hospital experience at 2:00 in the morning. I had a respiratory problem that was becoming quite serious and would not wait till normal hours,so in the cab we go. I have to say the level of cleanliness is not what we would expect stateside but the care rendered by the Doctors was very good. I was X-rayed,had an EKG and got a prescription all in under an hour and out the door for 113.00 usd.a deal I think. On the way out we passed the waiting room for the locals,a more pathetic site I've never seen,hundreds of Chinese packed into a small waiting area. The Chinese people deserve better. I hope this change comes soon for the Chinese.

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