China’s Violent Growing Pains

In China’s increasingly overcrowded health care system, desperate patients seeking alternatives have opened the market to companies connecting patients with doctors abroad via teleconference.

1 start-up, MediStar, charges $3,000 to arrange oncology consultations with US doctors. Overstretched Chinese physicians see up to 4 times the patients of US doctors, according to Beijing’s iResearch.

China provides basic coverage for its 1.4 billion people, but under-funding, misdiagnoses and growing pains amid a $900 billion overhaul feed a deep distrust among patients, with some turning to violence: A 2015 Chinese Medical Doctor Association survey found 13% of doctors reported being physically assaulted the previous year.

South China Morning Post via AP

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