There is some irony in viewing a small window on China's healthcare issues. I have heard for years that, without cash, foreigners in China cannot access healthcare even in an emergency.
Immigration reform also needed
I live in Texas and about 50% of my “write-offs” are from illegal immigrants that I take care of through the emergency room. The current “healthcare reform” does nothing to solve that issue.
We need a rational immigration policy, which will be more difficult to get legislated than a healthcare proposal. Finally, it is amazing that the Chinese want to change their policies so that the average citizen will not save so much for medical care and instead spend on consumer goods. My problem is that my average patient could not put their hands on $1,000 if they had to. The patient who spends $140 per month on their iPhone chooses to turn down the $130 per month health insurance policy, and goes uninsured so I can take care of them through the ER for “free.”
Bruce Malone, M.D.Austin, Texas
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