The first time I went to China ( Beijing) I was shocked , major differences , I had a colleague who was sick and I took her to the hospital there in Beijing , they have hospitals there that cater to foreigners ,and speaks english, which was cool.
Before you see a doctor you have to pay upfront , which at the time was 5 RMB, then you wait to see the doctor and its crowded.
When it was her turn the doctor motioned me to come along apparently there is no privacy laws there and I didnt know that its customary to accompany the patient when seeing the doctor, and people can walk by and listen to what is going on , freaky.
there are no appointments, except of surgeries.
, Ive been to doctors offices and hospitals in the UK, Canada, Beijing and Berlin Germany with friends, family, associates just to see what its like.
I have relatives in Ottawa Canada, and I remember my cousin 10 years ago broke her leg playing hockey, and was taken to a hospital and she had to present her “ohip” card or they would bill her directly , apparently its a health card Ontario residents have before they see the doctor.
when you get to see other countries healthcare system and compare to ours and you see first hand how other systems work.
If you have money in Beijing or China life is good, if youre out in the rural areas particularly tier 4 and 5 cities/towns its a struggle and you can see it compared to Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai etc.