January Last year, little Chinese boy Dongdong lost his
battle against Thalassemia and passed away. What saddens
his parents most is that his death was not caused by the
illness but the treatment that meant to cue the illness.
It all started when Dongdong’s mom spotted an online advertisement
on the official website of a Guangzhou hospital, proclaiming
a 93 percent of success rate for marrow transplant operation
done by Doctor Zhu, a senior pediatrician at the hospital.
Prior to and after the operation, Doctor Zhu urged her to
purchase an important super drug from a man surnamed Wang,
priced at massive 4500 yuans a dose. Shortly after taking
the drug, the boy developed a complication – he began vomiting
and urinating blood up to 40 times a day, which eventually
Dongdong is not alone. Between July 2004 and September 2005,
Doctor Zhu performed marrow transplant on 15 children, from
which he pocketed 4000 yuans of gift cashes from the parents,
not counting the commissions he got from that fake drug smuggler
It is up to his young patients and their families to bear
the grave consequences of his cold-blooded acts. Some families
have to sell their property or run into huge debts to pay
the medical bills that amount to as much as 900,000 yuans.
But this is nothing comparing to the young lives lost. Of
15 his patients, 9 died, thanks to his fake super drug.
Yet this is not an isolated case.
Medical practitioners, particularly those dominant Western
Medicine heavyweights, are viewed by many Chinese as one
of the most corrupt groups in today’s China – just a little
behind the property developers - and cash for prescription
practice is common. A few years back during the Sars crisis
they were called White Angles, now they’re more frequently
referred as White Snakes.
Early this year, when China’s Health Ministry finally decided
to take an action, 200 million yuans of drug commission were
forced to hand over. But this is believed to be only the
tip of the iceberg.
Yet the greed demonstrated by some of them are just boundless.
In order to achieve a total dominance of the market, they
keep lobbying for eliminating the cost effective Chinese
Herbal Medicine that Chinese people have relied on for health
care for thousands of years. In a recent farcical petition
drama initiated by an America-based Western Medicine doctor
and a philosophy teacher in China that calls for the exclusion
of the Chinese Medicine from the national health care system,
the majority of the signature bearers, as it is disclosed,
are the Western Medicine practitioners.
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