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Navigating China's perilous health care system along the Street of Eternal HappinessLike nearly all Chinese, Yao is covered by a state health insurance plan. But sheâ€™s discovered that it doesnâ€™t pay for much of her treatment. Yao and her husband Tang Jin Lin say that after two years in and out of hospitals, her doctors still donâ€™t know whatâ€™s wrong with her. "Itâ€™s useless!" yells Tang, "Theyâ€™re just trying to check her quickly, prescribe some drugs, and move on to the next patient. Theyâ€™re not trying to figure out whatâ€™s really wrong with her," he says. Yao interrupts her husband: "Weâ€™ve gone through all of our retirement savings seeing these doctors." Yao has come face-to-face with one of the biggest challenges of Chinaâ€™s healthcare system. Public hospitals in China donâ€™t receive enough funding from the government, so doctors are forced to look elsewhere for money."The reason that many doctors are partially paid through kickbacks and under-the-table payment is mainly because the doctors are positioned as government officers, so their salaries have not been increased comparably," says Liu.But there are other ways Chinese doctors make extra money. Retired Communist Party official Cui Ji and his wife slowly walk out of Huashan hospital onto the Street of Eternal Happiness. The 87-year-old Cui says it bothers him that doctors also expect traditional Chinese red envelopes stuffed with cash before they perform an operation.
American Public MediaWe should send liberals to China for treatment. After all, this is what they wanted, right?
They(liberals) don't get it Chris.. National Health Care in Uk is bad too...
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