China bars doctors from promoting insurance products to patients 2008-12-12 20:50:16   Print

    BEIJING, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- China's Ministry of Health has banned hospitals and doctors from selling insurance to patients to reap profits.

    According to media reports, some medical institutions and workers in the country have been taking advantage of their jobs and help insurance companies promote anesthesia accident insurance policies to patients to receive kickbacks.

    The ministry announced the rule on its website on Friday, but didn't identify the names of offending hospitals or doctors, only saying that those who have done so are limited in number.

    Nevertheless, an official from the ministry said the practice impaired the image of medical service sector and needed a serious probe.

    The ministry has directed medical facilities to step up their management and has strictly prohibited insurance companies marketing their business in hospitals.

    Local health bureaux were also ordered to strengthen their monitoring efforts and punish those who were found to have violated the rule.

    A doctor at a local Beijing Hospital, who declined to be named, told Xinhua she had never heard of such a term as "anesthesia accident insurance", and believed no colleagues of hers had ever been involved in such practice. However, she added that in her opinion those who tried to make money from patients should be given a warning and a fine.

Editor: Jiang Yuxia
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