This post was edited by StellaSong at 2016-1-29 09:05|
Ticket scalpers can be a headache in China, raising the prices of concerts, train trips and more. But no scalpers are more detested than those selling tickets for hospital visits. A video of a woman in Beijing denouncing the practice circulated widely this week, as many others shared their own experiences.
Most hospitals require patients to take tickets to determine the order in which they are seen for nonemergency treatment. Often the tickets are sold for a fee. The goal is to prevent disorder and cutting in line when many people are seeking medical care.
But the practice lends itself to abuses, particularly when scalpers buy tickets and sell them for much higher prices. The problems are made worse by the large numbers of people from outlying areas who seek treatment in major cities, either because their local hospitals lack services or they do not trust the quality of care.
The video of the woman was recorded last week by a patient waiting in line at Guang’anmen Hospital in central Beijing. The woman in the clip said a scalper had inflated the price of a ticket to 4,500 renminbi, or nearly $700, from 300 renminbi.
“My God, for average people to see a doctor takes so much money, so much energy,” she shouted.
Guang’anmen denied that it condoned the reselling of tickets. It released a statement on Tuesday saying that a preliminary investigation had found no evidence that its security guards were involved in reselling tickets.
The woman was reported to have been waiting in line so that her mother could see a prominent doctor of internal medicine. The hospital said it had made arrangements for the mother to see another specialist so as “not to affect the normal medical order and treatment of other patients.”
Chinese state television broadcast a clip of the woman’s complaint on Tuesday, and many people commented online that they had had similar experiences.
Of course these scalpers are awful, but it’s the system that creates them,” one person from the northeastern city of Tianjin wrote in a social media post on Weibo.
She said she rented a basement room near the hospital for 130 renminbi a day. She had to carry her mother on her back to visit the hospital.
"My mother is still ill and paralyzed in bed,” she said. “I need to take care of her and only wish to get her properly treated. I don’t want that much attention.”(Source from the New York Times)