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Underground Gambling on When Cancer Patients Will Die Exposed

Shijia East Road in Taichung's East District, where multiple elderly associations were fronts for underground gambling on when terminally ill people would die.

Shijia East Road in Taichung's East District, where multiple elderly associations were fronts for underground gambling on when terminally ill people would die.

From Yahoo Taiwan:

Betting on when late-stage cancer patients would die, doctors and family members wagered over 1 billion [TWD]

Gambling nature is hard to change, to the point where even one’s basic humanity can disappear, betting even on when late-stage cancer patients will die, with even doctors and family members being involved in “death gambling”!

In a report published today in Next Magazine, an unhealthy gambling trend has appeared on Shijia East Street of Taichung’s East District, where over a hundred businesses under the guise of being elderly associations, and with the agreement of family members, used when the terminally ill would die for gambling, involving over 1 billion yuan. On one street just a short 200 metres long, there were 10 fronts participating in the ‘death gambling’ business, making it ‘death gambling street’!

The article noted that poor family member could because of this forgo emergency treatment [to dying family members] and immoral doctors could place bets to win money, both becoming participants in the gambling. Housewives, local gang leaders, insurance agents, etc. even fought to become group leaders [of the gambling racket].

Shijia East Road in Taichung's East District, where multiple elderly associations were fronts for underground gambling on when terminally ill people would die.

A Next Media Video Report:

Among the details mentioned in the above report, one is the payout. If the patient dies between 1 and 6 months, the bettor is paid 3x their wager. Government officials and family members can also get 10% dividend/share. However, if the patient dies within one month, there is no payout. After 6 months, the payout is decreased and if after a year, the bettor may lose money. “Even more ridiculous” is that doctors provided consultation for bettors on a patient’s condition.

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Comments on Facebook:

Jiunkuei Ko:

Aren’t life insurance companies doing this same exact thing?

Jyun Ying Chen:

Where are these doctors’ medical ethics?

雯聿:

So outrageous~~ Betting on peoples’ lives, truly heartless.

Louis Su:

The key point is that the news said even family members were involved in the gambling. This is the most repulsive part.

Kuotuang Huang:

Why not change it to betting on politicians instead…

莊 家倫:

A repulsive group of people.

Lea Huang :

Life is not this valueless…

穌淨啞:

Why don’t they bet on when they themselves will die… so immoral.

Evens Wu:

Hasn’t this been happening for a long time now? And only now they’ve been caught/arrested!?

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