Infant’s Death Inflames Health-Care Tensions

The death of a 12-day-old infant in an incubator at a Fujian hospital has fanned already widespread public distrust of China’s healthcare system. From Shangjing Li at China Real Time Report:

Hospital authorities and the baby girl’s family present differing accounts of her death. The hospital says the baby died of a bacterial infection. The family insists the baby was scorched to death in the incubator, citing burns on the infant’s back, buttocks and legs.

[…] The infant’s farther, Ye Yilong, told the state-run China News Service (in Chinese ) that his daughter bad been born with low levels of oxygen in her blood and was sent to the intensive care unit at Quanzhou Children’s Hospital in the city of Quanzhou, in Fujian province, immediately after she was born in July 6. On Tuesday afternoon, he said, he was told that “everything is normal and she can be discharged tomorrow.” But the next morning, the hospital told him his daughter had died.

[…] The incident comes as many Chinese are questioning the country’s healthcare system. Despite having poured $125 billion into overhauling health care, the government is still battling to improve the quality of care. Patients have increasingly taken out their frustrations directly on doctors, many of whom are overworked and underpaid. In some cases confrontations have turned violent. [Source]

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