How to Heal a Bad Neck – Chinese Hospitals or Acupuncture?
For the last two years, my girlfriend’s neck has been a constant source of annoyance (if not outright pain) for her. Until recently, we shoved this into the ‘hope it goes away’ category. Stupid choice, you might say.
Maybe you’re right. Maybe not, and here’s why:
Medical Care: The Biggest Gamble You Can Take in China
While many things in China are improving, one thing that may not be improving is medical care. Thanks largely to the way doctors & hospitals make money, it is always a gamble to go see a doctor in China.
You see, doctors in China are compensated in two ways. The first form of compensation is a fixed (& usually quite low) salary. The second is a commission on all medicines and treatments sold.
Without going into more detail, you can probably see why such a compensation system could produce a number of unnecessary (and dangerous) prescriptions for medicine and other types of treatment.
Scared of Hospitals in China
I’m not the only one who is scared of hospitals in China. If you understand how hospitals in China usually operate, you are doubtlessly scared as well (if you’d like to read about some of the bad experiences I’ve already had in Chinese hospitals, please click here). I’m be especially scared to bring my girlfriend to check out her neck… they might just recommend an unnecessary (and possibly bankrupting) operation.
Is Acupuncture a Better Solution in China?
All of this got me to thinking that in China, it probably makes a lot more sense to try out something like acupuncture. After all, you are paying for the service itself (not for the privilege of being sold additional drugs & treatments), and the treatment does come from China.
There are a number of people who seem to swear by it, including one of my girlfriend’s friends. A good friend of my brother’s is even a practicing acupuncturist, and since he is a quite upstanding fellow I think it’s unlikely he’d do something he doesn’t believe in.
Would You Want to be Treated with Acupuncture in China?
Just for a moment, put yourself in the same situation. What would you do? (imagine that you, like most Chinese people, don’t have health insurance) Please let me know in the comments below.