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  • Hello everyone, I want to talk to you about a video the New York Times released called inside China's predatory healthcare system

  • In it the New York Times makes several claims about the state of health care in China

  • The video was edited to elicit maximum fear worry and anxiety

  • There's also an accompanying article which has much more information. My name is Nathan Ridge

  • I'm an American living in China as such

  • I have a unique perspective on stories like these because even though my life is in China now

  • I still remember what it's like to live in America and not know much about the real China other than what the media outlets say

  • I've been to over a dozen hospitals in China

  • I've had dental work LASIK and even surgeries in both countries

  • I have been insured and uninsured I've waited in lines

  • Pay fees talk to doctors and nurses and have spent many nights by hospital beds here

  • I've seen real problems in China's health care system and in America's but this video was actually a shock to me when

  • I saw inside China's predatory health care system for the first time a wave of emotions washed over me

  • First and foremost I was depressed and sad for the woman dying from cancer

  • But even the first time I saw the video I could tell that something wasn't quite right

  • Before I go any further

  • I want to let you know that I was an only child of a single parent my mother and she passed away from cancer in

  • 2010 so this issue is very important to me

  • Cancer is a heartbreaking life shattering disease that needs a cure

  • But to find a cure we need to be honest about the situation from all angles

  • So let's talk about the lady who died from cancer in this film in

  • 2011 a 68 year old former school teacher was diagnosed with serious lung cancer at the time

  • Her son was making what the New York Times called decent money at a pharmaceutical company

  • Over the next three years she got surgery took traditional Chinese medicines and underwent biotherapy

  • The doctors recommended chemotherapy, but she turned it down because she felt she was too old

  • They also recommended radiation therapy, which she also turned down

  • So her doctor prescribed her IRISA a lung cancer drug

  • She bought and took a rest for nine months after which the drug was no longer effective

  • around

  • 2015 after all these treatments hadn't quashed the cancer her son quit his decent-paying job and moved in with her and her husband to help

  • In any way he could for two years her son made her traditional Chinese medicines and various cancer drugs from recipes

  • He found on the internet

  • He was determined to help his mother live as long as she could my mother died in America

  • Only two weeks after her cancer diagnosis, so I know what it's like to not have enough time in

  • 2017 the New York Times interviewed the family and began working on their story

  • surgery traditional Chinese medicine biotherapy

  • ERISA and the various drugs her son made weren't able to beat the cancer though

  • She did live for six long years after being diagnosed. Sadly. She passed away at 75 years old

  • That's her story one of struggle and perseverance

  • She beat the odds and lived longer than most. But ultimately it was just her time to leave us

  • But now, let's take a look at how the New York Times chose to honor her memory in inside China's predatory health care system

  • First it's an introduction of her son. Take a look

  • - June earns $300 a month

  • we see her son now and all they tell us about him so far is he's making drugs and he only makes

  • $300 a month which is minimum wage where he lives

  • So he quit his decent paying job to take a minimum wage bang job and spend time with his mother that's his choice

  • But notice that they left that part out the tone is already set

  • Let's find out what he's doing. The medicine needed to treat his sick mother cost 2,000. He's making W

  • Z400 - it hasn't been approved by Chinese or American regulators

  • The drug isn't approved in America or China

  • So either he can source at himself or he can't get it exactly like in America can a man making minimum wage in America?

  • Afford to treat stage 3 lung cancer. I mean just look at these news articles about the medical in America

  • This is the number one reason Americans filed for bankruptcy is for medical bills

  • Many cancer patients must face bankruptcy or die or how about this one?

  • 42 percent of new cancer patients lose their entire life savings

  • By the way in this article, it says the average amount lost is 92 thousand dollars

  • These people have normal jobs and are facing bankruptcy and death

  • How do you think that would work out for someone on minimum wage in America?

  • So as hard as it is to confront people not being able to afford cancer drugs. It's not a China specific issue

  • Children

  • Remember how I said when I first watched this video I could just tell something was wrong

  • This is a clip of him saying until now we have used these seven drugs

  • But look at how the New York Times has translated it

  • We have made these seven drugs a slight but important difference

  • He's not saying that he made all those drugs. He's saying that she has taken those drugs

  • We know for example that

  • They didn't make the Iressa that she took so why are they altering what he said to suggest that he made all of them?

  • Well to make you think that they never bought me

  • So now with only this information about her son the video moves on to the narration based section the New York Times makes several

  • Large claims and then they rely on editing intense music sound effects misinformation and lies to make their case

  • But don't take my word for it. Let's investigate this together. It's a symptom of a health care system in crisis

  • so far

  • the only thing we've seen is a man trying desperately to save his mother during the last months of her life after a long and

  • horrible battle with cancer

  • She's received many treatments and now is a last-ditch effort. He's trying anything he can he's making medicine that isn't approved in China or America

  • So if he were in America, what would be different to me? That sounds like a cancer crisis in the world?

  • Not a Chinese crisis the introduction of capitalism

  • and the retreive of the state meant that healthcare was no longer free

  • hospitals became profit driven weirdly

  • They are suggesting that hospitals in China are all profit driven and somehow that's the reason for this yet to be revealed crisis

  • In this video only one hospital is mentioned and that hospital like virtually all major hospitals in China is public

  • The government sets the prices and the aim of the medical staff in those hospitals is the same as anywhere else

  • to treat patients

  • Private hospitals of China aren't the same as they are in America

  • in fact, all the private hospitals combined make less than 10% the revenue that public hospitals do

  • The vast majority of private hospitals in China have less than a hundred beds and only a 40% occupancy rate

  • While the largest public hospitals can treat well over

  • 20,000 people in one single day

  • Are you getting the picture people in trying to go to public hospitals because here in a socialist country?

  • They are the best. So how is this caused by for-profit hospitals again? And

  • China's already committed to moving hospitals to be completely nonprofit by next year

  • What is America doing about the profit as medical companies are driven by and also?

  • does it seem a little weird to anybody else to hear an American newspaper complaining about capitalism in another country a

  • culture of mistrust and inequality now plague the system by this time in the video

  • I was starting to realize that people who made it didn't really understand China very well

  • Chinese people trust hospitals and their doctors much more than Americans do

  • This is something you would be able to observe within a month of living here. It's culturally different than America

  • Right now we have a friend who's coming back from New Zealand to China to do some very minor procedures. Why?

  • Because she trusts the doctors here

  • You should also notice that in this video

  • Not one person says anything about not trusting hospitals or doctors except for the New York Times

  • They say there's a culture of mistrust and they show you absolutely no evidence of it at all about 100

  • gathering online in downtown Shanghai is the entrance to the Shanghai Cancer Center unlike an America in

  • China prices for the best hospitals are similar to ordinary hospitals

  • And when Chinese people get sick, they want to go to the best hospitals available. This is why there are lines at the best hospitals

  • America's solution to this is charge so much more money at these hospitals that only the rich can afford them. Why would that be better?

  • so if you've got one of the top cancer hospitals in the country priced based on cost rather than on profits and

  • You've got a culture where people want to see the best doctors possible. You're gonna have a very busy Hospital

  • That's a good thing people are getting treatment at one of the top cancer hospitals. They can afford it. They are there

  • Imagine how much better off America would be if enough people can afford the best cancer hospitals for their to be lions

  • I mean really think about that

  • If you thought the earlier convenient mistranslation was an accident you're going to be disappointed

  • Nearly everything a Chinese person says in this video is mistranslated and every one of those

  • Mistranslations just happens to support the New York Times narrative

  • I wonder what are the statistical odds that every single translation just happens to support their case

  • Accidentally, so this guy's only said two things and they altered both of them first

  • He said they've spent forty three thousand dollars on his wife's cancer treatment

  • He makes no indication whatsoever

  • That any of this money was spent at this particular Hospital or over any amount of time

  • Yet when we see the New York Times translation

  • It is clearly saying that he has spent the money here

  • The idea obviously is to make it seem like this is a very expensive hospital

  • It isn't

  • Let's compare what these people are paying for a top cancer hospital in China to the prices at the top cancer hospital in America

  • the people in this big scary line are paying about

  • five or seven dollars for a consultation with a specialist or an expert if they're uninsured if they have insurance like

  • 95% of Chinese people do then they're paying nothing. I

  • Literally just searched for top cancer hospital in America

  • Here's the first one. It's called the MD Anderson

  • Cancer Center how much do you think would cost for the same consultation with one doctor once did you guess?

  • $40,000 because if you did you're right it costs

  • $40,000 to talk to one doctor one time if you have no insurance, if you do have insurance it costs you only

  • $4,000

  • So, let's see what else this guy says

  • It's the second sentences mistranslation that takes the cake didn't know there was a second sentence

  • That's because they showed him saying it and didn't bother to translate it for you

  • They didn't think his second sentence needed to be understood. What was that sentence? Let's take a listen

  • He said my wife got a cold

  • he seems to be indicating that he's standing in line to get a number for his wife to come to the hospital because she has

  • a common cold now

  • She does have cancer but Chinese people go to the hospital for a cold stubbed toes and anything else you could think of

  • The real question here is why wouldn't the New York Times want you to understand him say he was bringing his wife to the hospital

  • Because she had a cold

  • Your chance of seeing a doctor here

  • It's directly related to how big your wallet is the narration continues with this ridiculously over-the-top nonsense

  • they are implying quite directly that these people are waiting outside because they don't have any money and if only they had more money they

  • Could be seen without the wait

  • Take a moment to picture yourself going to a top Cancer Hospital in America

  • Outside you find a line of people waiting to go in do you think yourself my god?

  • If only these people had money they wouldn't be in mine

  • Of course not so why does it seem so easy to think that here? Well, I'll tell you what, it's the nature of misinformation

  • Because the New York Times has spent so much of this video harping on about lions outside a top cancer Hospital

  • We compiled a list of ways. These people can see a doctor at that hospital. Are you ready for this?