Medical Organizations to Charge Patients One Yuan in July
Grass roots medical organizations runned by government departments and public hospitals will start charging patients 1 yuan for every visit of regular treatments of common diseases starting in July. The charges will include treatment fee, registration fee, examination fee, and service fee. Medicine and consumables costs are not included and seventy percent of the fees can be paid using medical insurance.
Grass roots medical organizations will include outpatient department of public hospitals, community clinics and medical clinics. No drug markups or drug services fees at these organizations since the move is made to reduce the patient’s medical expenses. Although many residents doubt the new rule, stating that it might even actually create more costs for them than before.
One resident said that he doesn’t need an injection so he does not need to pay the injection fee, and currently there are no registration and drug service fees at community clinics and the fee for treatment is just 3 yuan while seeing the doctor at a community clinic is only 10 yuan. Some think that the new standard will be more costly and expensive. In the old rule, treatment fees for doctors was 3 yuan, for vice senior doctors is at 6 yuan and senior doctors is 8 yuan while the remainder is paid by medical insurance.
In reality a patient is paying 2 to 5 yuan at community clinics for treatment of a minor disease, however under the new rule the different charging for different doctors is canceled and residents will only pay 3 yuan for every treatment regardless of how high the level of the doctor the patient have seen.