China’s “Cancer Hotels”

With lung, bowel and breast cancer rates surging in China, “cancer hotels” have sprouted up in big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. They’re part of an ad hoc response to what medical experts say is a growing health crisis challenging an unprepared medical system.

Despite their name, they are not traditional hotels, but furnished units in apartment blocks near medical facilities, charging as little as $7 a night per room. While they occupy a legal gray zone, doctors often refer patients to them, and state-run media have published glowing articles about the need they are fulfilling.

Associated Press

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