N. RALPH FRANKEL, M.D.
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To the editor: The letter of Dr. Cheng on the method of payment for medical care in China (Ann Intern Med 85:396-397, 1976) makes main points that are patently propaganda, and it supplies no reasonable information that could enlighten readers.
Even the most naive of us learned long ago that nothing is free. To suggest that Chinese care is free is to say that the physicians do not eat or wear clothes, and the same would have to be said for the nurses, aides, and everyone else right down to the mason who spends his time building the hospital. A
FRANKEL NR. Cost of Medical Care in China. Ann Intern Med. ;86:120–121. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-1-120_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(1):120-121.
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