|Seeing a doctor|
The quality of the doctors in China varies greatly. Even in the best hospital of Shenzhen (Peking University hospital) the quality does not always seem as good. One example: I went to the hospital and when you register for a consult, you need to say if you want to see an expert doctor or just anyone. We picked an expert (it was only 8RMB in total anyway!). After waiting for a while in the waiting room, the doctor could see us. Downstairs we had read her resume, and it looked impressive. But what a shock!
She was not only totally clueless, she was even agressive and patronizing. Of course I won't go into the details, but suffice to say that I know what I was coming for and this doctor just made totally the wrong judgements. She just plainly refused to examine me! I've really never encountered anything like this before. Such a person is totally unsuitable to be a doctor. We were both totally shocked at the level of incompetence and the rudeness. Luckily my girlfriend convinced her to give our ticket back and we went to the second expert on duty. This guy was totally the opposite: he seemed to know what he was doing and took the time for me and listened to us. The first female doctor already had her diagnosis before we were in: I don't speak English. Sigh
Morale of the story: be very careful which doctor you get and don't trust on reputation. Some doctors are just utter garbage and should immediately be removed from their position because of the risks they pose to patients who are unaware of their complete and utter lack of skills. I'm considering writing a letter to the hospital, but this will probably be useless. You don't become the 'expert' of a department without being connected...
The upside: healthcare (if you are lucky enough to get a good doctor) is REALLY cheap in China. All consults I saw were less than 10Y and small surgeries are less than 1000Y in total.
So if this experience did not scare you away from Chinese hospitals, here is the survival guide:
|Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 June 2009 )|
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