Shortage of blood supply in China drives patients to black market

February 16, 2015 4:27 PM

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Shortage of blood supply in China drives patients to black market

The boost in demand for healthcare in China has exposed the chronic shortage of blood. Hospital blood supplies are scarce and this is sending desperate patients to agents known as “blood heads”.

These blood heads have created a black market of sorts- they sell certificates that give patients access to state blood banks.

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