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Q: Are there no restrictions on doctor-patient relationships here?

It is common practice to invite your doctor out for dinner and drinks in China, or so I've come to believe. I was at a dinner recently where this was the case. A friend's dad was being treated at hospital and the main doctor had been invited to a swanky meal at a five star restaurant by the family. I asked if this was actually illegal and my friend couldn't see a problem with the situation and said it was completely normal and legal to do here. I don't know though....

9 years 45 weeks ago in  Relationships - China

 
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I'd call it less doctor-patient relationship and more just flat out bribe.

It's very comman that if you want the doctor to "really put for that effort" (and you know, do his job) you had better come with at least a red envolope when you go see him. 

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Some things are worth more than money... and, as DaBen said, if you really want to get good service (I mean, in the medical sense, not the other one...).

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it happens all the time in the U.S to. it is just a bit wrong not illegal.

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The way many things are normally done in China never will cease to amaze me.  That a doctor is invited to a 5-star restaurant for a plush meal in order to get "more" of his attention to a particular patient is not uncommon at all.
I do know of a worse case.  Take my step daughter at 9th grade and a middle school here.  Her teacher is quite a character, very prone to any kind of "extra" money to supplement her income.  If a student is even a few seconds late, it has a choice, either pays 5 yuan to be forgiven, or stands for 4 hours facing the wall in a corner of the classroom.  If a student shows up with ear rings, or a hair pin on her head, it is either a 1 yuan fine, or the item is confiscated and not returned even to parents if they request it.  And of course, as students get ready to take the admission comprehensive examination to enter or not high school, every one of them is summons and told with current knowledge will not pass, and special tutoring will be required.  And whom is the tutor recommending ?.   Of course, the teacher's husband, at 100 Rmb per hour, with no guarantee the tutor's work will assure the pass grade.  And all this is done with many parents and students complaining to the school director, but to no avail, nothing gets done to correct the situation.  And if the teacher hears of any one complaining about her behavior, she will give that particular student lower grades on her report card openly.

To me, it is a fricken' shame this is allowed to happen, and accepted as a way of life.

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i really hate the certain norms in life, people forget with their basic duties are, its worst in case, when doctors, teachers, nurses or lawyers get or are being involved in the bribe system. education system shall purely encourage some solid things and these unqualified buddies shall not be treated or shall not be given a way for bullying around....

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Coffahollic, it is the practice of all China. I've had two surgeries in China and both times I took the surgeon and the specialty doctor out to dinner first. That being said, it is illegal but that's what I keep telling people, stop worrying so much about legalities. Just don't do anything really stupid and ensure everyone makes a piece of the pie and everything is fine.

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