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High medical cost gnaws the city's elders

MEDICAL treatment has become Shanghai seniors' biggest concern, according to a recent survey carried out by local statistics authorities.

The Shanghai Bureau of Statistics polled 2,229 people, nearly half of them aged over 60.

About 60 percent the senior interviewees said they are not satisfied with the current medical services. The biggest problem was that they couldn't afford the high medical bill.

"It's very common for me to spend over 100 yuan (US$14.2) on a light cold," said Chen Zhushan, 70, in Yangpu District. "The amount of medicine prescribed is always more than I need. Besides, doctors tend to give me unnecessary tests, just to charge as much money as possible."

The survey also found about 10 percent of the senior folks complained that they had to queue for a long time in the hospital.


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