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Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2007 4:24:16 PM

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So wrong bs http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070321/od_nm/china_hospitals_dc

BEIJING (Reuters) - A group of Chinese reporters came up with a novel idea to test how greedy local hospitals were -- pass off tea as urine samples and submit the drink for tests.

The results: six out of 10 hospitals in Hangzhou, the capital of the rich coastal province of Zhejiang, visited by the reporters over a two-day period this month concluded that the patients' urinal tracts were infected.

Five of the hospitals prescribed medication costing up to 400 yuan ($50), the online edition of the semi-official China News Service (www.chinanews.com) said in a report seen on Wednesday. Of the hospitals, four were state-owned.

"It makes one shiver all over even though it's not cold," the China News Service said after its reporters and colleagues from Zhejiang Television tested the hospitals.

The Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper said in a commentary on Wednesday: "Healthy people are diagnosed with diseases. Small ailments are said to be serious problems. Patients have become automatic teller machines for the hospitals."

The failure of health reforms and rising costs of medical care have sparked social discontent and become flashpoints for unrest in the world's most populous nation, where millions cannot afford to consult doctors or buy medicine.

Health Minister Gao Qiang has accused greedy hospitals of charging excessive fees and prescribing unnecessary and expensive medication.

Market reforms in the past two decades have cut off state subsidies to many hospitals and left the health care system in need of life support.

State media have reported patients committing suicide because they cannot afford exorbitant medical costs.
Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2007 11:26:06 PM

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Was it Breakfast Tea, Early Gray, Typhoo - it makes a difference you know.

What a disgrace for the Land of Herbal Remedies.

In the UK a series of shops called "Doctor China" has opened up. I was Peking through the window (sorry guys that was an AWFUL pun) and saw a Chinese assistant putting tiny scoops of herbs into a container, mixing them and then dispensing them into small sachets, almost like tea bags.

When the shopper came out with her purchase, I couldn't resist asking what was the cost.

Apparently she had paid £50 (approx $100 US) for the sachets, to be taken 3 times a day for 4 weeks. Not bad I thought. I wonder if tea leaves were among them??
Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2007 6:57:28 PM

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lol Susan.

Personally I think Chinese medicine has its place, however there are those in the "alternative medicine" sector that blatantly rip gullible people off. Those special sachets probably contained nothing more than green tea mixed in with a little earl grey and cinnamon!
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