Cost of Hospitalization Nears 1,000 RMB Daily in Guangzhou
The average cost for individual outpatient treatment in Guangzhou rose to 170 RMB (25 USD) per visit from July to September, 9.86% higher than the same period of last year, according to a third quarter medical expense report released yesterday by the Guangzhou Municipal Bureau of Public Health.
The average cost of hospitalization also increased by 9.58% to almost 1,000 RMB (147 USD) per day.
The rise in medical costs seems odd since most prices did not surge during the second half this year.
An official from the bureau said the increases have resulted for complicated reasons. He also added that the authorities will further investigate the matter and soon announce the causes publicly.
A patient receives treatment during hospitalization at a hospital in Guangzhou. (Xinhua)