Ouch, guys. Except for Jon. No ouch for you. Now go get on your motorbike and break something.
In response to Mike's question about treatment here in China, it's fine. Well, things are fine after you're admitted and after you've gone through the necessarily bureaucratic hurdles.
Prior to diagnosis, you're left dashing from one window to the next, from one specialist to another with stamped bits of paper searching for answers and receiving care based on incremental payments.
And yes, similar to your friend, treatment was only an option after payment.
It didn't really bother me for some reason: live, not live... suffer for a lack of funds. I've found that when I'm faced with an acute emergency, things take on a dull gleam of indifference.
Just like your friend with the appendix problem, the administrative staff basically implied that I'd go untreated without payment, if even for a few hours. Which I did, actually -- for I don't know, twelve hours -- and that obviously didn't expedite recovery.
It's a bit unnerving when a doctor is asking you about your bank account. Administrative staff, bureaucrats, secretaries, sure. But you'd think that a Gastroenterologist armed with a clipboard is a bit too much.
But who knows: this is the system that is currently in place and I'm sure that many doctors would prefer that it be reformed and modernized.
I don't really have any complaints about treatment, probably because I'm inured to the cultural differences that would probably upset one who just arrived here in China (more indirect ways of describing problems, vague explanations, etc.)
Stay healthy, everyone!