Doc­tor’s flaunt­ing of wealth via so­cial me­dia ill-judged

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - A DOC­TOR IN CHENGDU,

cap­i­tal of South­west China’s Sichuan prov­ince, re­cently flaunted his lux­u­ri­ous winter coat via Sina Weibo, a Twit­ter-like so­cial me­dia plat­form, which prompted a mixed re­ac­tion. Red­ com­mented on Thurs­day:

Flaunt­ing per­sonal wealth via so­cial me­dia is not un­com­mon these days, and it of­ten pro­vokes harsh com­ments against the rich.

But their re­sponse can­not be sim­ply dis­missed as a “blind grudge against the haves”. Those who go on­line to flaunt their wealth are seek­ing pub­lic at­ten­tion to grat­ify their sense of su­pe­ri­or­ity. They are al­lowed to do so as long as they do not cross the le­gal bound­aries.

Like­wise, ne­ti­zens also have the right to feel un­com­fort­able about such dis­plays of wealth, es­pe­cially when it is from a doc­tor. Doc­tor-pa­tient ten­sions aside, many still tend to stig­ma­tize doc­tors as greedy cheats who put their gains be­fore the health of their pa­tients. A rich doc­tor, in their eyes, may be prof­it­ing from kick­backs.

Such spec­u­la­tion is of course un­called for. So are some “lib­eral-minded” ar­gu­ments taunt­ing those who are unhappy about the doc­tor’s dis­play of his “lux­u­ries”.

Ap­par­ently the Chengdu doc­tor did not think twice be­fore up­load­ing the post, which he claimed was in­tended to de­fend the med­i­cal staff ’s right to make money in an hon­est man­ner. His fail­ure to de­liver this mes­sage is self-ev­i­dent given the anger it pro­voked.

But how he has ac­cu­mu­lated his wealth and spent it, as well as how much money doc­tors can make, are not the real is­sue in this case. It is his flaunt­ing of his wealth, not what he has bought with it, that is the prob­lem.

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