Stan Abrams writes:
China is building up its overall health care capabilities, but with the income gap and the opening up of the sector to private investment, we’re seeing an acceleration of a multi-tiered system that in some ways reminds me of the U.S. You have money, you get great care. If not, you take your chances. This is not cool at all.
From today’s China Daily:
More well-off Chinese are opting for expensive private hospital care, rather than waiting their turn at public hospitals.
Ren Ni, director of an international exhibition company, had her laser eye surgery recently at a private eye clinic of Singapore Medical Group and was totally satisfied with the excellent service.
I am very busy, and cannot afford the long waiting time at public hospitals, Ren says. At a private healthcare agency, I can decide when to receive the treatment to minimize disruption at work.
She says the clinic she went to has first-class facilities, and is furnished like a lavish hotel.
That’s nice. It’s like a hotel. And these folks are more important than everyone else, so it makes sense that they shouldn’t have to wait in line the rest of the poor schmucks out here. Only suckers show up at four o’clock in the morning to get a ticket to see the “good” doctor.