Hospitals Face Problems of Collecting Medical Fees
Several major hospitals in the city are still having trouble with patients that fails to pay their medical fees, and the total debts is so large that it’s starting to affect most of the hospital daily operations.
An example of the trouble is that patients at the only public hospital for children, Shenzhen Children’s Hospital have left without paying their medical bills which have amounted to more than 7 million yuan from January of 2011 until February of 2013, and hospital management is saying that it is impossible to recover part of the money. While the Shenzhen People’s Hospital has an average of 3 million yuan in unsettled medical bills annually.
Based on local regulations the Shenzhen government pays 50 percent of the lost fees, while the welfare foundation pays 30 percent and the hospital pay the remaining 20 percent. But fund are not always available and since the welfare foundation gathers its funds from the civil affairs bureau and there have been no subsidies received from it so some years now.
A spokesperson for the hospital says that some of the patients are to poor that the refuse to pay while other simply doge the payments and other don’t even have medical or ID cards. Also the hospital has no way of getting money from patients besides from suing them in court, but the court system is not the solution since most of the people sued refuse to pay simply because they don’t have money.