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Originally posted by changabula at 2007-6-26 05:55
Without question, the cancer at the heart of the predicament is greed. In America, health care is almost an exclusive club, and membership is becoming increasingly difficult to acquire. As with any business, the bottom line is profit; however with health care, shouldn't compassion and a hint of fairness come into play? ...
Yeah, terrible isn't it. Only in America could there be so many shortcomings and so much greed when it came to health care.
Oh, hang on. What's this?
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/opi ... /content_845938.htm
Shame on rural medical co-ops
Updated: 2007-04-09 06:45
Farmers are not gaining much benefit from the rural cooperative medical system, says a signed article in China Youth Daily. An excerpt follows:
Beijing News had a special report last Thursday about a couple in their thirties who committed suicide because of poverty and disease. This couple left behind a 78-year-old mother and 12-year-old son, who, like his parents, has hepatitis B.
..... According to the report, the cooperative medical system exists in the hometown of the deceased couple but farmers do not participate in it because it doesn't save them money. For example, it costs 10 yuan more for a common injection for a cold in the designated hospital than in a private clinic.
The price of a drug in the clinic is about half of that for the same drug in the designated hospital. The Beijing News report pointed out that the sad story has raised serious doubts about the rural cooperative medical system.
A hernia operation at the designated hospital costs nearly 3,000 yuan ($370) and the patient has to pay half the cost. The same operation is priced at 600 yuan at the village private clinic.
The designated township hospitals tend to give unnecssary medical checkups and treatments to profit from the cooperative system.
Henan reaches out to its migrants
By Hu Yuanyuan (China Daily)
Updated: 2007-03-16 09:42
Liu Xiang, a Xinyang native who runs a real estate company in Beijing, said that in the past the migrant workers who worked for his company were reluctant to join the medical cooperative program because they could only recover their refunds at designated hospitals in their hometowns.
"If they got sick in Beijing, they would have to foot the bill all by themselves, or go back home for medical treatment, both are hard choices for them," Liu said.
He added that one of his employees nearly died during the train ride back home because his health deteriorated so quickly.
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/chi ... ontent_823104_2.htm
When China began its economic reforms in the early 1980s, the system was dismantled as the country attempted to switch to a market-oriented healthcare system.
But the government failed to establish a viable substitute and between 1980 and 2004, the central government's share in funding for the health sector dropped from 40 percent to 16 percent, according to the World Health Organization. It was 44 percent in the United States, 66 percent in Australia and 85 percent in Japan.
The Chinese government also felt peer pressure from countries such as India, where 72 percent of the rural population enjoy a free medical service, according to the People's Daily. In several European countries, governments usually pay for 80 to 90 percent of their people's medical expenditure, said the newspaper.
Anti-abduction service draws fire
By Zhan Lisheng
Updated: 2007-06-12 07:03
FOSHAN, Guangdong: This city's Shunde No 1 People's Hospital has been charging a daily fee of 40 yuan to protect newborn babies from kidnappers, stirring up heated debate among women in the hospital's maternity ward.
Yep, Changabula, I agree. The US health system is sick. But there's plenty of problems "closer to home" that you should be worrying about first.