A nurse threatened a family by saying that she would pull their loved one out of the operating room if they didn’t pay the fees within 10 minutes.
In a 10-second video posted to Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, on March 8, a family stands outside of the entryway to an operating room facing a nurse.
“Family members must pay the full amount in 10 minutes,” the nurse says. “If you don’t pay, I’m definitely going to cancel the operation.”
The family is stunned for a moment after she says this, then they begin talking to one another.
“The person is already in there, you should save [him/her], this is not the time to ask for money,” one of the women said.
“That’s more than $75,000,” one of the men said.
Others said that the hospital just wants money. There is also plenty of cursing from other members of the family.
No further information was given about the patient, the family, the operation and the outcome of the situation.
The story was originally posted by a content sharing company in Beijing called “Ol’ Cui Talks About Everything.” It is unclear when or where the original video was taken.
According to the Liberty Times, netizens left many comments on Weibo. One comment read: “Life is just a bargaining chip to them [referring to the hospital staff].”
“If one doctor does this, it’s the doctor’s disgrace,” another comment read. “If a hospital does this, it’s not a doctor’s disgrace, but the hospital’s disgrace. If many hospitals do this, it’s not the hospitals’ disgrace, it’s the …’s disgrace.” Most likely the omitted word was “country,” as people are not allowed to openly criticize their nation or government in China.
China’s Hospitals Operate to Make Money
Hospitals in China have become fully profitable business entities.
One hospital in Anhui, China, was allegedly giving false diagnoses to patients so it could get insurance funds, Xinhua reported on Jan. 18.
Xinhua, China’s state mouthpiece, sent an undercover reporter to pose as a relative of a patient, identified as Mr. Li (a pseudonym) to the hospital. The doctor asked Li about his symptoms, but did not perform a physical exam or inquire about his medical history. Then the doctor began filling out paperwork for him to be hospitalized.
When Li refused to be hospitalized, the doctor asked him to fill out a note that said he was leaving (the hospital). However, the doctor asked him to leave the dates blank—this was so that the hospital staff could fill in those blanks, falsifying the patient’s stay and thus obtaining large insurance payments.
A similar situation occurred when the same undercover reporter accompanied a female patient to the dermatology department of the hospital. The dermatologist told the patient that if she stayed at the hospital, her prescription would be 90% less than the original cost because of government-funded insurance.
Other cases included fake diagnoses and unneeded hospital stays—all to leech money from the government.
Hospitals Profit From Organ Harvesting
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has used hospitals for organ harvesting since 2001 and it has become a lucrative business.
In 2006, the Hunan Provincial People’s Hospital offered a promotion called “Twenty Free Organ Transplants.” The hospital would do 20 free kidney or liver transplants to anyone who called the hotline register.
The organs were most likely sourced from Falun Gong practitioners, according to the non-profit World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong.
In recent years, independent researchers have uncovered evidence that large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners have been killed for their organs to supply a booming organ-transplantation industry.
Falun Gong, a peaceful traditional Chinese meditation practice based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, tolerance, has been brutally persecuted by the Chinese regime since 1999.