Hospital’s Struggles Challenges China Health-Care Reform

by admin on 10/10/2015 11:36 AM

Mission of Shenzhen facility marks radical departure from how Chinese hospitals are typically run

By Shirley S. Wang | The Wall Street Journal

Sept. 11, 2015

SHENZHEN—When family-medicine doctor Edward Wu started seeing patients at a new hospital in this southern Chinese city, he began by asking them basic questions about their symptoms and medical history.

But his patients responded angrily, demanding intravenous drips for their common colds or brain scans for headaches. They tried to barge into his office while he was with other patients.

The newly built Hong Kong University-Shenzhen Hospital, one of dozens piloting reforms across the country, is a key part of China’s healthcare system overhaul. Its mission—to treat patients based on their symptoms and stamp out corruption—marks a radical departure from how Chinese hospitals typically operate, and one that many patients aren’t warming to.

. . .Many patients felt cheated when they were discharged quickly without a fistful of medications.

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