In China, no money means no treatment, Shenzhen is with no exception. Without assurances that someone would cover the cost for the patient, no hospital would treat the patient and the hospital has no responsibility even if the patient dies due to no treatment. On June 18th, 2012, Shenzhen the Forth People’s Hospital introduced the new payment reform. “diagnosis and treat first, settle accounts later” came to exist for the first time in China health care.
However this Medical and health care reform in Shenzhen is currently carried out in the Shenzhen the Forth People’s Hospital only. Patients can take the advantage of this new policy in other Shenzhen hospitals, let alone patients outside of Shenzhen. And unfortunately only the city’s health-insurance holders are now covered. Without Shenzhen’s health-insurance, patients still need to pay for hospital services and treatment upfront, no money no treatment, if one dies, no complain.
We know that this payment reform in Shenzhen 4th hospital is for patients’ good. It shortens wait times, prompt treatment is critical in emergency. The late treatment means no treatment in some circumstances for some patients. But a serious question is how about the patients fleeing away without paying the bills in the hospital?
According to Shenzhen 4th people’s hospital director, 8,000 patients have thus far taken advantage of the service. Only a few patients are fleeing without paying. 47 patients have fled without paying. After the reminding from the hospital, 26 patients have since come back to pay for their treatment bills in the people’s forth hospital of Shenzhen. Still the rest 21 others have not paid their medical fees.