A father's hugs for a sick son show why China is changing its healthcare
2017-03-31 16:59:00


A father's desperate attempt to raise money to pay for his sick son's treatment could be seen as a perfect example of why the Chinese government is currently looking at ways for the country's health insurance system to pay for more of patient's medical bills.

A young man was captured wearing a bear costume at a square in Hefei, Anhui Province of east China on Wednesday selling hugs to raise money for his son with leukemia, has caught the attention of the Chinese netizens across the country.

The 25-year-old father named Feng Kai quit his job of fixing scooters after his one-year-old son suddenly became ill in 2015. Over the last two years, the medical treatment including chemotherapy, bone marrow transplantation, and anti-rejection treatment has cost hundreds of thousands of Yuan, among which the family had to cover over 370,000 Yuan (about 53,642 US Dollars). ?The father says he has borrowed money from all the people he knows but it is still inadequate to cover the growing medical bills. Which is why since Monday the shy father has donned a bear costume and gone out on the street to sell hugs for ten Yuan each (about one US Dollar) to passers-by.

But over three days, he had only been able to sell a total of seven hugs after; some people chose to donate without receiving a hugs while others doubted the truth of his story.

Exhausted and embarrassed, Feng said he wouldn’t give up on his son and that he would keep seeking help from the public.

China’s current medical care system provides a basic health insurancethat covers over 1.3 billion people, 95 percent of the population, and generally pay for about half of the medical costs, but that ratio can be lower for serious or chronic illnesses. As Feng's story demonstrates some people can still struggle to pay their medical bills. Under the 13th Five-year Plan (2016-2020) published in 2015, the government is working on pushing the health insurance to cover at least 70 percent of patients' medical fees by the end of 2017.

Source:CGTN Editor:Hiram