First on­line hos­pi­tal is launched

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

A hos­pi­tal in Guang­dong prov­ince has launched the coun­try’s first on­line hos­pi­tal for pa­tients with common ail­ments.

Pa­tients go to a nearby pharmacy, log in, have a video chat with a doc­tor, re­ceive a pre­scrip­tion and buy the medicine at the store. The process can take min­utes, and is seen as way to re­lieve pres­sure on big hos­pi­tals.

In the past month of tri­als, the vir­tual hos­pi­tal re­ceived 60 to 100 pa­tients a day, most with coughs, fevers or headaches. When doc­tors found a com­plex sit­u­a­tion, they rec­om­mended a checkup at a hos­pi­tal.

The new ser­vice by No 2 Provin­cial Peo­ple’s Hos­pi­tal in Guangzhou is free, but the hos­pi­tal is seek­ing ap­proval to charge 10 yuan ($1.64) per pa­tient visit.

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