How many of my readers have experienced both a local Chinese hospital and an international, “expat” hospital? The differences can be quite striking, and last week I had the honor of discussing some of those differences in a lively debate on CCTV News’ Crossover program. We mostly chatted about two specific cases in China, one regarding a migrant worker who had his newly-sutured hand unsutured by the nurse because he couldn’t pay his hospital bill. The second half revolved around a recent decree in Beijing that all public hospitals limit all patient lines to less than 10 minutes of waiting.
These two hot news stories touched upon a lot of larger issues about the pressures faced by both doctors and patients at local hospitals, and it provided much context in regards to comparisons with international clinics such as my hospital, Beijing United Family.
You can view the entire 30 minute Crossover broadcast below; if you cannot see the video, please click on this link here.
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