Beijing’s Poor Visit Illegal Clinics

The BBC reports on illegal medical clinics set up on the outskirts of Beijing set up to serve migrant workers and the poor:

The clinic we visited, in the village of Jinzhan, had been open only for 10 days, according to the man in charge, who declined to give his name.

After initially admitting that he treated patients, he then backtracked and said he was simply running a pharmacy.

But the sign outside and the medical equipment on show inside – including a stethoscope – suggest otherwise.

Migrant worker Yang Shengping, who lives near the clinic with his wife, said he would never go there because it was not hygienic.

But the 36-year-old, who comes from Jiangxi Province in southern China, is lucky – he has medical insurance based in his hometown.

November 18, 2009 10:01 PM
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