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“A 1,000-yuan reg­is­tra­tion fee just to join a med­i­cal clinic is ex­tor­tion­ate.”

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - PULSE -

The Longhua Hos­pi­tal Shang­hai Univer­sity of Tra­di­tional Chinese Medicine has drawn the ire of ne­ti­zens after a so-called “ex­pert clinic” at the hos­pi­tal raised its reg­is­tra­tion fee from 268 yuan ($40.55) to 1,000 yuan. The lead doc­tor at the clinic, Liu Ji­ax­i­ang, is renowned as a “mas­ter of Chinese medicine.” Posters com­plained that the ex­or­bi­tant reg­is­tra­tion fee would only serve to de­prive low­er­in­come pa­tients of the chance to re­ceive the best med­i­cal treat­ment. Other ne­ti­zens, how­ever, com­mented that it is en­tirely rea­son­able to in­crease the reg­is­tra­tion fee, com­men­su­rate with Liu’s ex­per­tise in this par­tic­u­lar field.

Il­lus­tra­tion: Chen Xia/GT

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