Planet China

Saving money

China’s healthcare system made the news again this week after Liuzhou Workers’ Hospital saved the life of Tan Jun. Nothing odd about that – except it was given a reward of Rmb400,000 by the city government. Internet users found this extraordinary and widely forwarded a front page story heralding the incident from the Liuzhou Daily. According to the newspaper, Tan is the secretary of the Party’s disciplinary committee in Rong’an County and over 130 medical staff helped stop him bleed to death. The report noted: “In the rescue process of comrade Tan, Workers’ Hospital allocated the strongest core technology forces, the best healthcare human resources, gave full play to the life-saving spirit and did everything possible with superb medical technology and quality care to have the treatment task well done.” For this, the local government decided to “reward” the hospital with the cash sum. Netizens were flabbergasted. Gesi, a blogger, asked: “Will the hospital be rewarded if it saves an ordinary person?” Another commented: “Saving lives is the duty of hospitals and doctors, why do we need to spend 400,000 yuan to reward them?”


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