Picture of the day: Heaven and earth in Chinese hospital
In Zhengzhou People’s Hospital’s In-Patient Department has two types of ward: ordinary and luxury ward.
Luxury ward is a suite equipped with refrigerator, microwave oven, LCD TV, leather sofa, broadband, water cooler, luxury bed and 24-hour hot water supply. Nurses kept mum about who can live in these wards, and only disclosed that approval from the head of the hospital is required before hospitalization, and normal cadres are not entitled to them. Even if a luxury ward is vacant, it is off-limits to ordinary people with enough cash. Only high-ranking cadres are admitted.
On the other hand, shortage of ordinary wards has lead to patients sleeping on beds placed in the corridor. (Read how shortage of doctors and medical resources leaves millions of sick Chinese children untreated.)
One lady at the hospital said, “We come here to see the doctor often. Every one knows about the luxury wards. Only respected people are admittable. Admittance has to be granted with the hospital head’s signature…The hospital often runs short of beds and nurses. Patients have to live in the corridor. One luxury ward occupies several rooms and has several doctors and nurses serve one patient. A single person takes up resources entitled to multiple people. Ordinary patients’ opportunity of treatment is invisibly stripped this way. We ordinary citizens are to suffer in the end.” (Picked from NetEase)