Hospi­tal, pa­tients agree: ‘No red en­velopes’

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

A Bei­jing hospi­tal is tak­ing the lead in im­ple­ment­ing the na­tional health author­ity’s de­mand to re­ject money or lux­ury gifts from pa­tient.

In March, doc­tors at China Mei­tan Gen­eral Hospi­tal be­gan sign­ing agree­ments with their in­pa­tients that they won’t ac­cept “red en­velopes” or lux­ury gifts from the pa­tients, and the pa­tients prom­ise they won’t give such items to their doc­tors.

Wang Mingx­iao, pres­i­dent of China Mei­tan, said he thinks that people are un­nec­es­sar­ily con­cerned that doc­tors might not pro­vide the best treat­ment if pa­tients don’t give red en­velopes.

In a cir­cu­lar is­sued in De­cem­ber 2013, the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion for­bade doc­tors from ac­cept­ing red en­velopes from pa­tients.

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