A recent article on a Chinese media article from a Chinese overseas community website caught my eye. It was a report on the hospitalisation Chinese actress Li Bing Bing whilst filming in Australia. Now the article with a link here states that Li Bing Bing’s Australian doctors were unable to pinpoint the cause of Li’s flu. The reason, this article caught my eye was the comments of the netizens that were placed along with the article, that was used as a sort of ‘evidence’ in that Australian healthcare was inferior to that of the Chinese system.
Now as a person that has lived in both countries and experienced the healthcare systems of both nations, I can safely say that the Australian healthcare system is definitely far more accessible for the common person than the Chinese one. I remember going to a certain hospital in Beijing, in which I had to pay out of pocket great sums to even see the doctor, then they charged me up to 2000 RMB for medicine alone, to oversee a flu. Keep in mind that most Chinese salarymen earn around 4000 RMB a month so I was very surprised at the pricing. This just felt incredibly expensive compared to Australia’s system of healthcare, where that GP visit would have been footed by my Medicare so I would’ve paid nothing out of my own pocket, as well as the medicine, if they did prescribe something would most likely to be heavily government subsidised.
Aside from my own anecdotal experience as evidence for this, there are numerous reasons that I can list from various media sources on this matter.
Such as this this Reuters article reporting the nationwide investigation into corruption within the Chinese healthcare system, with already an unnamed former top official in Shanghai being convicted for charges of embezzlement.
Then there’s this Atlantic piece explaining the dilemma of China’s citizens in getting a doctor’s appointments in which due to the lack of supply of doctors, has created a black market for appointments.
Business Insider tells us of Lan Yuefeng, a former hospital ultrasound chief in China, who accused her hospital of over prescribing drugs for financial benefits. She is quoted by the AFP to have said “I think it’s pretty common, and I think it’s really sad”.
Honestly, if doctors just prescribe you drugs for profit, it kind of throws down all hope that the doctors even care if you are cured or not, I mean they probably just want to make some more cash off you. I mean some would argue that the pharmaceutical companies are at fault for the bribery but society must have gone really bloody black in the heart for doctors to start accepting this money.
And… here is another Reuter’s article but this time talking about bribery in China’s healthcare system in regards to the prescription of drugs and even the process of surgical operations! Quoting from the article –
Bob Wang, a 35-year-old businessman in Beijing, said he gave the main surgeon who operated on his aunt’s femur bone transplant last year 5,000 yuan in “hongbao” on top of the 100,000 yuan he paid to the hospital because he was worried the doctor would not take the operation seriously otherwise. There was unstated “hongbao” guidance for each type of surgery, he said.
(Hongbao are those little red envelopes of money)
This highlights how crazy the healthcare system is in China, honestly, it makes me wonder if the hippocratic oath is even in effect with the medical staff. Still, this is really just a symptom of China’s general societal values resting on the holy foundations of money, and nothing else. They can use that red Mao ¥100 paper to bathe in once the Yellow River runs dry.
It should be noted that most Chinese have some type of national health insurance but sadly these cost cutting benefits are buried underneath the pyramid of extra costs that clinics have inflicted on patients.
Okay enough of these points on why the Chinese healthcare system probably is not that great, I probably should translate some of the comments that these Chinese netizens wrote, I mean the original point of this article for me was to say that these people are stuck in their little bubble of wealth
Here’s a link to the article again, if you want to see it again and/or can read Chinese.
PCauto_FOX: People who have studied overseas can really empathise….having been sick to the point of nearly dying for a week the Doctor didn’t even prescribe any promising medicine after waiting in the queue for half a day (Really half a day), then getting the medicine took another three to four hours.
I mean, geeze… it just feels like this PCauto_FOX is a spoilt brat that probably had heaps of cash back home to bribe the administrators to jump the queue. Also he is really darn self important, as many hospital run a sort of triage system in Australia, where the more serious matters (such as life threatening ones) get taken care of first. I mean you got a flu mate, do you want a fucking medal? Also what pharmacy did you go to that takes three to four hours to serve you? The fucking sloth pharmacy.
Wei Gonggong from Massachusetts, USA: Last time my friend went to the optometrist, the doctor instantly opened up Google … in my opinion, the healthcare back home is way better, cheaper and more convenient.
Alright Xuweine, maybe it’s because you prefer Yahoo, Bing or Baidu (Chinese search engine) but using a search engine is a thing that doctors do to assure themselves as stated in this ABC article to give some proof. Well, doctors are human and will need notes just like you and me sometimes to remember the thousands of medical facts that they have learnt. Also, I can’t really comment on the prices of American healthcare compared to Chinese so I’ll leave to future commentary any budding Americans that want to give a comparison.
Blacky Loves to Eat Sweet Rolls from Meishan, Sichuan: Is the moon overseas really more round, 16 days of flu and still can’t find a reason, can’t even treat a tonsil infection
I have nothing to say. That if Li Bing Bing really was just infected with a tonsil infection, then that’s the blame on the Australian doctors or was this just a method for herself to create attention, as she has erred on the side of caution in the media before.
_Cccr7 from Auckland, New Zealand: HAHAHAHA, true, went to the dentist the day before and they gave me an appointment next year.
I am sure _Cccr7 just could not be bothered finding another dentist in the city of Auckland, where over 2 million reside, his teeth either aren’t experiencing that serious of a problem or he is just lazy. Anyway, I am sure _Cccr7 there will be a few dental clinics closed in China during Chinese New Year as well, you either find another clinic or just keep laughing in a way that in no way fits your pirate avatar.
Thanks for reading this huge tangent I’ve wrote. The absolute selfishness and inward perspective that these presumably rich Chinese netizens display is astounding, I guess, the rich in any nation would suffer from this type of blinding affluenza but the point that I want to push across is that there really is this deep ingrained superiority complex among certain members in China and I find it sometimes nigh impossible to get my message across to people of this demographic. The corruption of Chinese society is what drives this disdainful passage of thought through many rich Chinese people have travelled abroad, as they cannot see the reality of others around them, being selfish and living in their own Forbidden Cities.