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questionable charges

questionable charges

The Chinese public has a jaundiced view of its medical profession, including its tendency to charge for unnecessary procedures. But the Yangtze Evening News reports a pretty incredible example, when a 75 year-old was charged for a vaginal examination.

The problem? He was a man. Yang Xiuming spent four days in Gaogang People’s Hospital after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage. His family were then presented with a bill for Rmb7,020, which included 113 separate charges, including a fee for a gynaecological once-over.

The hospital said the charge was an oversight, although Yang’s family said it made them wonder what else on the bill may have fallen into the same category. It is the latest in a long line of media stories that complain of hospitals’ profit-hungry approach.

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