China’s exorbitant hospital fees in the spotlight – Richard McGregor

From The Financial Times:

The exorbitant cost of healthcare in China has been highlighted by a scandal over a local hospital that charged Rmb5.5m ($680,000) to the family of a patient for two months of treatment before his death in early August.

Weng Wenhui, a 74-year-old retiree, was admitted to the intensive care unit of Harbin Medical University No 2 in June after being diagnosed with cancer and died 67 days later. Family members say that, during his stay in hospital, they were billed for transfusions of blood weighing in total about 115kg, 588 separate tests for blood sugar and even some services which doctors said had been done after the patient’s death.

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