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Doctors warned over charges

WITH an increasing number of overseas doctors working in the city under exchange programs, Shanghai Health Bureau issued a notice yesterday to emphasize that the application procedure for temporary work licenses was free.

Officials said they had received complaints from some overseas doctors about consultation charges.

There were 475 overseas doctors from 23 countries and regions practising medicine in the city last year. There were 232 such doctors in 2005, 268 in 2006 and 383 in 2007.

Song Guofan, a news coordinating official from Shanghai Health Bureau, said hiring or inviting overseas doctors to practise in the city was an effective way of enhancing communication between local and overseas professionals. "But some local health facilities offering international communication service charged such doctors fees for application consultation for work licenses," he said.

"In order to regulate the service and protect rights of overseas doctors, we issued the notice to reassure them that consultation is unnecessary and applicants can directly go to Shanghai Health Supervision Agency to get a license."


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