Hospital, patients agree: ‘No red envelopes’
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.