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Chinese clamp down on hospital overcharging

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 09 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:327
  1. Richard Tomlinson
  1. Beijing

    The Chinese government has ordered Beijing's 600 hospitals and clinics to stop overcharging patients for unnecessary drugs and expensive examinations.

    The hospitals have been set an October deadline in an attempt to limit the rapidly rising costs of medical treatment, a source of much complaint among patients. Needless prescription of drugs by doctors has also been wasting valuable resources, said the ministry of public health.

    The problem stems from the cash strapped nature of most hospitals. In theory, …

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