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Chinese Reporter Uses Tea As Urine Sample To Expose Hospital Scams

CCTV (China), SIN CHEW DAILY(Malaysia), CHINA TIMES(Taiwan)

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BEIJING - A Chinese television reporter looking into accusations that private hospitals were scamming patients with false (and costly) diagnoses applied an unusual undercover trick: he submitted tea as his urine sample. And as it turns out, the CCTV reporter is suffering from quite a number of "diseases," according to three different hospitals, and is desperately in need of costly treatments, the China Times reported.

According to the Sin Chew Daily, last weekend in a report entitled "The secret of the male urology clinic," China's CCTV exposed a common disorder among China's private hospitals in their desperate efforts to accumulate wealth. The reporter used three cups of green tea as his urine for laboratory tests at three supposedly reputable private hospitals in Shijiazhuang, Shenyang City, and Changchun City.

After the analyses, the doctor at the first hospital in Shijiazhuang told the journalist that his urine contained bacteria and fungi among other elements and he recommended a week of treatment which would cost him 546 RMB ($86) per day.

The Shenyang doctor looked at the journalist-patient in a sympathetic way and told him that he suffered from prostate calcification, and that he also had a testicular cyst that needed to be removed. The doctor told him that weekly treatment would cost him 5000 RMB ($785), without counting the extra 3000 RMB ($471) for the surgical removal of the cyst, the Sin Chew Daily wrote quoting from the CCTV report.

At the Changchun hospital, a doctor found from the tea sample that the undercover journalist was so sick he would need a high-tech "Nuclear energy proton treatment" that would cost more than 7000 RMB ($1000) daily.

According to CCTV, the special report was initiated after a man from Jianxi Province had complained to a reporter that he has spent hundreds of thousands of RMB to try to cure his venereal disease without result.

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