90% county-maintained hospitals in debt

By Xing Yu (
Updated: 2011-05-16 10:56
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The director of Chinese Hospital Association, Cao Ronggui says that 90 percent of county-maintained hospitals are in debt, on a forum for hospital chiefs.

Cao said those county-maintained hospitals pay back the debt through payments from patients and that causes the fees for medicines and treatment to rise.

Currently 9,621 hospitals across China are county-maintained and account for 46 percent of all hospitals throughout the whole country.