One young Chinese woman’s epic rant against hospital ticket scalpers has caught the attention of the country, racking up more than 2 million views and 40,000 comments since it was posted on Weibo on Monday.
If you’ve had the good fortune thus far in your life to avoid Chinese hospitals all together, you might not be aware that patients seeking non-emergency medical treatment must take tickets to determine the order in which they’ll be able to see doctors. As you might imagine, this system ain’t perfect and is easily exploitable by scammers looking to make some cash off desperate people.
After waiting all day and still being unable to secure a doctor’s appointment for her sick mother at Beijing’s Guang’anmen Hospital, this woman finally lost her cool, shouting and cursing at a gang gathered in the hospital waiting room who were waiting to snatch up tickets and resell them for more than ten times their worth. She also found time to accuse the hospital security staff of being in league with the scammers.
Listen to the lady preach:
They want 4,500 yuan for a 300 yuan ticket! At that kind of price, how can an average person even hope to get to see a doctor?
We took the trouble to wait here all day from early in the morning, without being able to get registered. You ticket sellers, I don’t care if you guys are here for profit, at least you should actually wait in line like everyone else.
Her word’s have obviously touched a nerve, with netizens from across the country expressing their support for the woman and their condemnation of Chinese hospitals for allowing this practice to go on.
Here are some translations of netizen comments, via The Epoch Times:
“Society won’t have much hope until attention on social issues surpasses celebrity news! Don’t think that this has nothing to do with you. Only when you are really in trouble will you see how dark things are, and how insignificant you are! Employment, housing, and health care…when will these problems be solved. I’ll share this not only for this girl, but also for myself,” one netizen wrote.
“If a patient dies in the queue in front of the hospital, society is seriously hopeless,” another comment reads.
“This is Beijing, the capital! Uhh, my eyes are watering,” another commented.
After the video went viral, the woman says that she started receiving threatening phone calls from scammers, according to the Beijing Youth Daily. She said that she had been waiting in line to get her mother an appointment to see a prominent doctor of internal medicine.
“My mother is still ill and paralyzed in bed,” she said. “I need to take care of her and only wish to get her properly treated. I don’t want that much attention.”
Meanwhile, the hospital released a statement calling the accusations groundless, saying that ticket scalpers don’t operate at their facility. Anyway, they decided to reach out to the woman and schedule an appointment for her mom.
A quick Weibo search by The New York Times found several users offering up tickets for Guang’anmen and other hospitals in Beijing.
It also just so happens that earlier today police said they had arrested 12 people for scalping tickets on Monday at Beijing hospitals, including seven at Guang’anmen. Police are even now setting up a task force dedicated to investigating hospital scalpers.
It’s amazing what a sincere outburst of anger can accomplish.
You can watch the original video here:
By Kitty Lai
[Video via Sina]