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Airport Smoking Rooms have Cleaner Air than Chinese CITIES!

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Surrey, Canada

#1 Mar 2, 2013
March 1, 2013 2:37 pm

China pollution: Fears over poor air exacerbate healthcare concerns

By Patti Waldmeir

These days, it is healthier to live in an airport smoking lounge than in Beijing – and there are dozens of cities in China where air pollution levels are worse than in the capital.

China is experiencing a health crisis some local experts are comparing with the Sars epidemic of 2003. This risks overburdening a medical system where health professionals are greatly overworked, drugs are over-prescribed, patients often pay bribes to secure competent care, and trust has broken down to the point where there were 17,000 attacks on healthcare workers in 2010 (the last year for which data are available).

China’s leaders have ambitious plans to upgrade both the quality and affordability of medical care through complicated reforms of the healthcare system, including drug price controls and a radical transformation of health insurance. But this will not happen in time to help with the urban air pollution emergency.

China’s medical system was already experiencing a crisis of undercapacity even before pollution figures reached dangerous levels. Since then there have been headlines pointing out, for example, that January’s average concentration of PM2.5 – the small particles that raise risks for lung and heart disease – averaged more in Beijing than in the average US airport smoking lounge (according to a study by the US Centers for Disease Control). Beijing’s peak last month was 35 times the recommended healthy level.

In many Chinese cities the situation was even worse, exacerbated by a combination of factors including weather patterns, dirty diesel, heavy increases in car ownership and the continuing reluctance of Chinese industry to observe environmental health laws.


Surrey, Canada

#2 Mar 2, 2013
Hospitals in large cities report a big increase in the number of children and elderly who seek treatment for respiratory illnesses caused or worsened by pollution, though reports are anecdotal because there are no official statistics yet. Even healthy young people complain of sore throats and headaches. With so much dirt in the air, the focus of public opinion has fallen squarely just where Beijing does not want it: on the inadequacies of the Chinese medical system, which go beyond the struggle to treat pollution-related illnesses.

There are not even two doctors for every 1,000 people in China, and many of these are paid only a few thousand renminbi per month, which leaves some open to inducements from drug companies or even outright bribes. Because the country does not have a functioning primary care network, 95 per cent of healthcare is provided by hospitals, leading to enormous waste and overcrowding.

As the best doctors are concentrated in cities,“patients are inclined to go visit the best hospitals in the largest cities, regardless of the severity of their illnesses”, say Franck Le Deu, Rajesh Parekh, Fangning Zhang and Gaobo Zhou in a recent McKinsey report on healthcare in China.“This causes overcrowding at the big hospitals and underulitisation at the grassroots facilities,” they conclude.

Li Huijuan, a lawyer who sits on the medical risk control and management committee of the China Association of Medical Doctors, says trust between patient and doctor is so low both sides start assembling material for litigation, even before they know there is a problem. Patients video record doctor visits and doctors cover their backs by ordering extra tests that cost patients more money, all to defend themselves in a potential lawsuit.“Sometimes doctors refuse to treat some patients at all, just to avoid problems,” she says.“It’s a vicious circle”.


Surrey, Canada

#3 Mar 2, 2013
Meanwhile, both demand for quality medical care – and the diseases that go with affluence – continue to grow as Chinese incomes rise.“Chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension are proliferating rapidly, as the population ages, as more people move to the cities and as their lifestyle changes,” the report says. The percentage of China’s population over the age of 65 is forecast to nearly double by 2030 and the urbanisation rate is expected to rise to more than 60 per cent by the end of this decade, exacerbating the current shortage.

Beijing is certainly willing to spend money on the problem. China’s healthcare sector continues to develop at an astonishing rate: spending is projected to grow from $357bn in 2011 to $1tn in 2020, the McKinsey report says, noting that by 2011 healthcare spending had more than doubled from $156bn in 2006. But China still spends only 5 per cent of gross domestic product on healthcare, compared with between 10 and 12 per cent in western Europe and between 15 and 17 per cent in the US, and far less per capita.

The government promised in 2009 to provide universal, low-cost healthcare within three years. Since then, 95 per cent of the population has been given basic health insurance but the coverage is so limited many families face crippling costs.

Public dissatisfaction is high. Beijing sees improving healthcare as critical to maintaining social harmony. But many interactions between healthcare staff and patients are far from harmonious. Last year, the death of a woman treated for a sore throat and fever at a hospital in southern China triggered a riot of 2,000 people. And four staff in the ear, nose and throat department of a private hospital in the southern city of Shenzhen were stabbed by a patient treated for allergic rhinitis.

Doctors are under heavy pressure to generate extra income for their hospitals by overprescribing drugs or accepting bribes, leading patients to suspect them of practising mercenary medicine. Patients have unreasonably high expectations of the wonders of modern medicine, and the gap between rich and poor, in healthcare as in everything else, is glaring. Patients say they do not respect doctors – and many doctors say the last thing they want their children to do is study medicine.

It is the kind of challenge that makes even the US’s healthcare problems look less monumental. But unlike Xi Jinping, President Barack Obama can at least breathe easily while he deals with it.

Additional reporting by Yan Zhang

Surrey, Canada

#4 Mar 2, 2013

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Surrey, Canada

#5 Mar 2, 2013
"January’s average concentration of PM2.5 – the small particles that raise risks for lung and heart disease – averaged more in Beijing than in the average US airport smoking lounge (according to a study by the US Centers for Disease Control). Beijing’s peak last month was 35 times the recommended healthy level.
In many Chinese cities the situation was even worse,...."

Just think what sort of children would be raised living permanently in an airport smoking lounge?

The CCP thieves obviously don't care and have nothing but propaganda promises, as usual.

Poor, poor China.

Surrey, Canada

#6 Mar 3, 2013
Stunted, diseased children are China's future.....?

Poor China.

Port Moody, Canada

#7 Mar 4, 2013
Wanna bet American toilets have cleaner water than CCP China rivers and reservoirs for drinking?

THAT is why the Chinese Communist Party master class drinks only bottled water provided FREE along with their FREE imported, safe food! Delivered FREE to their GUARDED, GATED living compounds!

Surrey, Canada

#8 Mar 5, 2013
A spokesman for the Chinese Communist Party dictatorship in Beijing said "Ack! ack! Cough! Choke! Horrrrrrk-shpitooow!" when asked to comment on the issue.

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