Getting Rich is Glorious vs. China’s Health Care System

Until reading this post from “Danwei”, I didn’t know that medical vultures had landed in China to drain ignorant people’s bank accounts as in the US. When in China, my family, friends and I have always used the domestic health care system when needed and we have no complaints.

“Danwei’s” post, China’s private healthcare racket, offers a warning to stay away from the private clinics that have appeared over the past 15 years. “The desire to grind out as much profit as possible from patients means that China is now one of the most expensive places in the world to have private healthcare.…

“Most companies coming to China simply adopted United States-style pricing, given the company packages and generous medical insurance that were standard for their clients, wealthy expatriates.”

The red cross indicates this high rise in Shanghai is a hospital and looks similar to ones we've been to in China.

Here are a few comparative costs between China’s domestic health care (not private) and the US. A urine test in the US cost us $267—in China, that cost was 20 yuan or about $3.  To see a US doctor cost us $185—in China, the cost was 15 yuan or about $2.  In the US, we had to wait a week or longer for the lab results—that is if we were even called. In China, the results were back in less than half-an-hour.

If you are planning to travel to China, read Danwei’s post about private health care and use the domestic system. Learn the facts and save some money.

See China’s Health Care Today


Lloyd Lofthouse is the author of the award winning concubine saga. When you love a Chinese woman, you also marry her family and culture.

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