Bribery serves as life-support for Chinese hospitals

July 23, 2013 9:37 PM

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Bribery serves as life-support for Chinese hospitals

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Bribery is the lubricant that helps keep China's public hospitals running, and the health system would struggle to function without illegal payments to poorly paid doctors and administrators, say medical practitioners and industry experts.

They say government policies are partly to blame for a system in which doctors and other staff expect to be paid extra fees to perform operations and take kickbacks from pharmaceutical firms and medical-equipment suppliers.

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