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