A 20-year-old patient, who was undergoing an operation at a hospital in Dalian, a port city in Liaoning province, was asked to pay more money for an unnecessary add-on procedure by her surgeon
The patient, identified only as Jiang Meng, was diagnosed with cervical erosion. While the surgeon was carrying out the surgery, Jiang was told that she had another medical problem that also needed urgent attention.
The surgeon then presented her with a card printed with a QR code and said the additional procedure would cost 1,860 yuan (USD286).
The patient, who had only 600 yuan in her account at the time and left with no choice at the operation table, had to use her WeChat Pay account to pay part of the add-on money. She cleared up the difference later, according to a local media report.
Concerned over the whole thing, the patient decided to seek a second opinion on the matter from a doctor at a different hospital
She was informed by the doctor at the different hospital that the second procedure that her surgeon had performed on her was unnecessary.
On the other hand, an employee at the first hospital said that it was "standard practice for doctors to carry cards printed with the QR codes" for various procedures.
"Many unpredictable things can happen during an operation, and we can’t have patients running up and down (looking for money)", the person was quoted as saying.
The patient, after learning the truth, posted it on Weibo
Her post was seen by the Health and Family Planning Commission in Dalian, which contacted her and launched an investigation into the matter and the surgeon.