The crazy HEALTH system in CHINA: What’s WRONG with it? – VisualPolitik EN

coronavirus is the hot topic these days yet there is something nobody has talked about how does the Chinese health care system work here on visual politic we've talked about how China reacted to the pandemic but now we want to focus on how their health care system may or may not play a role in this after watching this video you will understand a fundamental piece in this whole puzzle so let's get started [Applause] [Music] here is the question we will all be asking in 30 years where were you during the you coronavirus crisis and I'm sure we will all remember pictures like this yes we've all seen those news stories about China sending aid European countries some media outlets or even praising China for how they did what was needed in order to contain the infections nevertheless there is something we still need to know how does China's health care system work could the corona virus become the Chinese shinobi [Music] China has been characterized by very low level lift non-existent health regulations if you travel to China you might have seen the wet markets where food is handled without gloves and there are hardly any hygiene controls this is why we started researching more about their hospitals and their health care is it private is it state-sponsored how does it work and well this video is probably going to blow your mind [Music] so now the question is does China deserve such a bad reputation for the health care system why is it that so many Chinese people don't want to visit the doctor and the most important question of all does the Chinese Communist Party have some responsibility for the spread of this disease and yes we're going to answer all of those questions but before we do it's time to talk about health so we're going to be joined by dr.

Amiya Duan here as a wonderful channel about health in Spanish called globular Azul and by the way if you sprechen sie Deutsch we've now got visual politic in German so I'm gonna link to that below do go check it out if you speak German arm and leg in 1949 Mao Zedong rose to power in China he found a vast country that seemed frozen in time in most of the Chinese villages talking about modern medicine was like talking about the internet having no budget to train the required doctors he came up with a creative solution the so-called barefoot doctors [Music] the success of method doctors was its expansiveness the program reached 90% of China the medical knowledge was not profound but it provided three basic services attending childbirth which reduced infant mortality carrying out wide scale vaccinations which was vital for preventing infectious diseases and improving information on the basic hygiene habits of the population which went a long way in preventing potential epidemics and yes I know you're probably dying to know Simon did they really not wear any shoes well no they totally did have shoes but they were in the countryside so if they wanted to attend to someone in the rice paddies well they'd have to take their shoes off if they wanted them to last until the next five-year plan but during 1980s and 90s these barefoot doctors became outdated the country was growing fast and the people prospered everything was good except two things environments and healthcare China health care costs for some patients into crippling debt fortune think about it the modern market friendly China wanted modern hospitals those beffort doctors sounded like a thing of the past and the quickest way to get those modern hospitals was through a private system the existing health system was eventually privatized China's new economic policy required that Chinese people make money lots of money enough to pay their medical bills in other words they wanted to move from a system of equally Porter hey wouldn't it be better to all be rich China's economic growth in these decades is evidence the problem is the usual one inequality by 2000 only 30 percent of China's population at health insurance their status show up with money in hand a medical consultation was roughly equivalent to a month's salary what's more in rural areas medical attention left a lot to be desired so therefore the Chinese prefer to go to hospitals in the city the average week-long stay in a hospital could set you back the equivalent of three months salary in addition China is the only country in East Asia that charges for childhood vaccines faced with the scenario diseases that China once said under control have returned this is the case with tuberculosis measles and snail fever the worst thing for the Chinese is that health care costs them an arm and a leg and on top of that I have to tip the doctor if they want to be treated well Chinese doctor took more than 18 million dollars worth of bribes says report the Guardian however things have changed in the past ten years how let's take a look [Music] milene viagra when the SARS crisis occurred in 2003 the government decreed that those affected would receive free treatments but this Creators a quandary for the population how many Chinese people didn't go to the doctor for fear that theirs was the normal flu and then they'd get an unwelcome bill if your population is afraid to go to the doctor this is a problem for any country reforms of the health system that began in China in 2009 have gradually brought about changes the main one is now that 95 percent of the population has health insurance but hold on a moment because this hasn't solved the problems either insurance only covers between 50 and 75 percent of the cost so when the disease is severe and treatment is expensive the Chinese have to dig deep and not everyone can do that [Music] in fact China's health system combines the worst of both worlds the worst from a fully private system and the worst from a universal care one on the one hands the government wants to help citizens cover the cost of health care but on the other hand they need to control public spending so what do they do well there are limits to the amount of subsidized treatments that hospitals can claim from the government approximately one thousand seven hundred dollars per patients in the best hospitals considerably less in rural areas as a result very few patients will spend more than two weeks in hospital regardless of whether or not they're healthy [Applause] so it seems whichever way you look at us the system is inefficient on the one hand hospitals are being encouraged to treat their mildly all patients to collect the maximum subsidies from the states but on the other hands there is little interest in caring that seriously ill patients with this or means to pay the difference [Music] and on top of that the cost of healthcare is multiplied for the state to what extent fell by about three hundred billion dollars a year to put that in perspective that amount is the same as Chile's total GDP or the equivalents to the entire Mexican annual budget as you can imagine this is a huge mess it's bad health care combined with huge government spending so the Communist Party officials met one day and they came up with something different and what do you think this great solution was get ready for this traditional Chinese medicine and now this isn't just something for tourists many Chinese continue to believe in the ancient traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation most of the people still rely on herbs acupuncture and gymnastics in 2016 the Chinese government regulated the traditional medicine practice and because they needed doctors they relaxed all the requirements to be a doctor you used to have to get a degree in conventional medicine and then specialize in other fields now you've just needed to know about traditional medicine and have two colleagues who are willing to endorse you yep that's right but hold on for a moment because at the time of making this video there were already more than 4, 000 traditional medicine hospitals in China think I'm exaggerating you think this is a conspiracy the truth is that as far as the Chinese officials are concerned this is far from a secret to be hidden in fact the traditional Chinese medicine also referred to as TCM is something to be proud of just check this out china now has 4, 000 238 traditional Chinese medicine hospitals with 877 thousand beds the news is not from any anti China Western imperialist outlets this is from Xinhua at the official news from the Chinese Communist Party in other words they brag about how much they use their traditional Chinese medicine and this is especially popular in rural areas so for example some treatments include dried geckos according to some those would cure some types of tumors if you have erectile dysfunction you could try the so called himalayan viagra this is a mushroom that grows you guessed it in the Himalayan mountains and the demand for these mushrooms has increased so much lately that one kilo of this miraculous natural medicine can cost more than 110 thousand dollars and I know what some of you might say well this currently a debate even in Western countries about traditional Chinese medicine but so far there is no clear evidence that it works both the British NHS and the American Secretary of Health do not advise these treatments then again the w-h-o is included some of the traditional practices for diagnostic purposes only we should also consider that China is a member of the w-h-o and they have been lobbying for decades in order to promote TCM and maybe some of you are thinking right now well they might not do anything but I mean the natural remedies they can't be bad for you right well you better think again [Music] report one-fifth of China's soil contaminated BBC so to give you an example in 2013 they discovered that some rice harvested in China contained cadmium cadmium is an element that can cause cancer this is just one of the many scandals so if there is contaminated rice there could also be contaminated herbal treatments think about it this way when you release a brand new pole to the market you have to go through lots of clinical trials meanwhile all the Malayan viagra comes straight from the field so it's much harder to detect dangerous trace elements so at this point you might be wondering well what does this have to do with coronavirus Simon well get ready [Music] bats are back in ten I don't want any of you are thinking what's the problem with traditional medicine if you don't believe in it just don't use it the problem is when someone turns away from modern medicine and throws themselves into the arms of a charlatan then you get things like this Chinese alternative medicine Empire is under fire after doctors say it gave jujube tea to a four-year-old cancer patient washington post the other danger of traditional medicine is ecological for some reason many traditional treatments require rare and endangered animals animals of which there are few specimens left and then suddenly they become extremely desirable that's the case with rhinos pangolins and bats and here is where coronavirus comes into the picture rapid classification of beta coronaviruses and identification of traditional chinese medicine as potential origin zoonotic coronaviruses of course this is just a study with a theory you see this is not the first time that there has been a corona virus epidemic SARS was also another type of corona virus and the original host that passed this virus to humans was a bat the second corona virus outbreak was MERS one that originated in Saudi Arabia in 2012 in this case the animals that transmitted the virus to humans was a camel but the camel had been infected by a bat in other words it seems that some type of bat might be the natural hosts for some corona viruses and it turns out that those types of bats used in traditional Chinese medicine it's not yet known what caused the current corona virus crisis some theories pointed to bats others pointed at Pangolin obviously we're visual politic don't have the answer what we do know is there is someone influential who encourages the Chinese people to eat weird things thinking they will cure all ailments and he's this guy see urges enhance efforts to promote traditional Chinese medicine china daily so why the big push from the top well it all comes down to money because traditional Chinese medicine is cheaper it is much more popular according to official Chinese figures traditional medicine has reduced hospital expenses by 24% and outpatient costs by 12% according to Xi Jinping's narrative what we call science-based medicine is just Westerners [Music] traditional medicine is just another type it's just as good and as bad a science maybe it really is better at the end of the day it's Chinese and it is 4, 000 years old after all this must be the proof that socialism with Chinese characters is better than Western democracy right all of this explains China's efforts of promoting TCM all over the place at the w8 show and also in legacy media and do you think I'm talking about fake news of course not I'm talking about media outlets like this one coronavirus and traditional Chinese medicine help fight the disease that headline is from Deutsche Welle which is the German equivalent of the BBC I mean we're talking about an authoritative source with an undisputed reputation and of course Chinese official media will go even further traditional Chinese medicine treatment effective against novel coronavirus says official china daily so the question is are bad based treatments the origin for coronavirus well we definitely don't know the answer to that one maybe we never will there is only one thing we can tell you if that were true China would hardly admit it why do we know that they would act that way or here's a clue Chinese doctor silence after warning of outbreak dies from coronavirus new york times once again it's up to you to form your own opinion but it's hard to imagine china being transparent about this in fact they have every incentive to cover this whole crisis up with a huge dose of propaganda think about it this way these last two years have been a nightmare for the regime first the Hong Kong protests then the trade wars and now coronavirus this pandemic could easily become the Chinese Chernobyl just like Chernobyl this is not a conspiracy nobody wanted the plant to explode it was the lack of security measures and the lack of transparency that led to the reactor blowing up something similar could happen here there's no conspiracy there's no master plan now can we really say that China has acted responsibly in this matter do you think the Chinese health care system did play a role here and will this coronavirus have a political impact in China please leave your answers in the comment section below before we finish I would like to thank a Meowth from global resolve for helping us on this video if you want to learn more about health in yeah but to speak Spanish please do check out his channel and please do visit our friends and reconsider media the podcast that provided the vocals in this episode but well not mine and thank you for watching if you want to learn more about politics and world affairs and here's some more of my lovely voice come check out the reconsidered podcast where we don't do the thinking for you find reconsider at WWE consider mediacom or on Apple or Google Play or your favorite podcast [Music].

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