The new hospital in Putuo District will provide the same services as a five-star hotel. Apart from nursing services, facilities will include a golf course, tennis court, swimming pool and yoga gym. There will be classes to teach new mothers how to care for their babies and to keep in shape and well groomed. The presidential suite will cost 9,880 yuan (1,263 US dollars) per day while normal rooms will go for around 1,300 yuan (166 dollars).
The initiative appears to be successful with Wang Yiliang, one of the hospital managers, saying many rooms have already been booked by local residents and people coming from
In a country increasingly gripped by the contradictions prevailing in capitalist countries, on 14 December, the Shanghai Children's Hospitalization Mutual Aid Fund celebrated its 10th anniversary. The government-supported fund helps all families with children in primary and middle schools, even those who are not resident in the city, to pay medical bills, with contributions ranging from 50 (6.25 dollars) to 60 yuan per year.
Meanwhile, a week ago, Cao Zhangjie, a migrant from
The Chinese health system forces most people to pay their own medical bills, from the cost of medicines to hospitalization. To make matters worse, funds for health care are constantly dwindling, forcing hospitals to “finance themselves”. Thus they often push up the prices of medicines while patients with insurance are offered care they do not really need so the hospital can claim expenses. In 2005, the
In December 2005, a survey of health care service revealed that 48.9% of Chinese people do not go to hospital when ill, because hospital care “is too expensive”. The same survey found that the government pays only 15% of total health care (the percentage was 39% in 1986) and 60% is paid by the sick people themselves.
But private hospitals are a profit-making business, with more than 200 establishments at the end of 2005 and many more in the pipeline. According to David Wood, president of ChinaCare Group in