On a very normal night, a reporter saw a lot of people waiting outside the Xiangya Hospital. They had been waiting all night long, just for a “passport” to the doctors. The following contains her observations and opinions, plus some of her photos.
I am aware of why people wanted to get close to the gate, why they waited on the ice-cold floor, why they carried their bleary-eyed babies in the cold wind. For all the scalpers, getting a treatment number is just a business, but for the patients and the weak, it is stubborn self-preservation. I observed the hospital for 5 nights, countless faces passed by in front of my camera, from the guarded, to the anxious, to relaxed and finally to numb because they did not have any more time to focus on me. They were concerned only with the result of a night of waiting.
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Everybody knows that Xiangya is a very good hospital, and people want to go to good hospitals. This hospital charges reasonable prices, and my brother goes to this hospital every time when he is sick. In order to make more money, some hospitals ask people to do a lot of unnecessary tests. A lot of people are from small villages, so they don’t know the dark secret. Thousands of RMB is just wasted on the tests.
This phenomena exists not only in Changshao, but also in Shanghai and other places. Why is it so hard to see a doctor in China?!
Once again, a test of the Chinese conscience and humanity. How sad, indeed! What I see in the current society: money comes first and then life. What will happen next?
My poor compatriots!
Those stupid guys that all went to the same hospital! You deserve it!
We need more private hospitals. Improvement comes with competition. Get more university students trained to be doctors and send them to hospitals. Otherwise, nothing will change.
As a doctor, I am very sad when I see this scene. Primary hospitals are breaking down, meanwhile, big hospitals have way too many people. I don’t understand. What’s wrong with Chinese people?
There are a lot of scalpers in the queues. Hunan Television has reported this a million times. The tickets are in the hands of scalpers. They charge 200 kuai for each ticket. People who are really sick can’t beat those strong scalpers in a queue.
Doctors can do nothing about this, because they are not administrating the hospitals.
There are so many hospitals, but everybody wants to go to this hospital. Maybe it’s because people don’t trust the other hospitals.
Fuck this. There are hospitals everywhere. Is this hospital really so good? Does Huatuo (a very famous doctor in ancient China) work for the hospital?
Seeing a doctor is really difficult, expensive, and also annoying.
This is the great China.