Liuzhou Laowai

Random thoughts on life in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China



A woman named Sun has been charged ¥1,000 for a scalpel which was required for an operation on her hand at Liuzhou Workers’ Hospital, one of the city’s top three hospitals.

The woman went to to have surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome on her hand. She paid 5,000 yuan (£500 – $820) for the surgery but was told by the doctor that she had to buy the scalpel from a medical equipment agent for the operation. This cost a cool 1,000 yuan.

When Sun filed a complaint to the hospital, the hospital management said she did not have a case as she had signed an agreement to buy the scalpel. But insiders said that it was unreasonable for the doctor to ask for a scalpel to be bought.

Liuzhou Health Department have been asked for a response. Nothing so far.


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6 Responses to “Scalped”

  1. Bob Says:

    She could have bought one in the UK for less than a fiver! But of course, for all the shortcomings of the NHS, she wouldn’t have been asked to.

    Much as I like the place, I hope I never get sick in China!

  2. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    I could have given her one for free! As the hospital should have done. I wonder how much of the ¥1000 went back to the doctor. At least half. Corruption in hospitals is rife.

  3. Bob Says:

    Yes, and as part of that they quite commonly give treatments that are way in excess of what’s needed. My ex, who was a doctor in Guangzhou, used to say ‘they take a cow knife to kill a chicken’!

  4. Liuzhou Laowai Says:

    It’s 8 years old but still relevant

  5. Matt Says:

    Your “Get Sick Get Well” post is my favorite entry you have made. I show it to people so they can have just a taste of how China actually works. They typically come away baffled.

  6. David Says:

    This is an appalling abuse of the Hippocratic Oath (do they take this ?) and not unusual in China but I feel drawn to record my attendance at this hospital , albeit as an outpatient when I was treated with great care and sympathy , and embarressing priority . I was pretty unwell and very confused when I staggered into the bedlam that is the outpatients department but the examination and diagnosis was carried out promptly and the appropriate (genuine) drugs quickly dispensed . They even found an English speaking nurse to translate and see me back to my hotel…… All for about $35 and not an intravenous drip even offered . You’ll understand my subsequent , maybe rose tinted , affection for the Liuzhou Workers Hospital I hope .

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