What Do Patients Want? 2.0

Xiao Ming slipped by stepping on a plastic bag and knocked a tooth off when he visited Yellowstone National Park during the summer. His Armani eyeglasses were also broken. His parents quickly drove him to the closest emergency center. When Xiao Ming were allowed to leave the hospital, the fee of eyeglasses and contacts in the United States (aka 美国配眼镜) and the medical treatment of dental visit in America (aka 美国看牙) knocked his parents out.

Xiao Ming had neither international student health insurance (aka 留学生保险) nor U.S. travel insurance (aka 美国旅游保险) in order to save money. Accidents always befall unanticipatedly. This is why almost all U.S. schools require students to purchase the student health insurance and/or waive health insurance (aka 替换保险) with an equivalent, marketplace health insurance. The Affordable Care Act writes that international students are strongly recommended to purchase OPT insurance (aka opt 保险) after graduation.

According to a survey conducted by the Department of Health and Social Behavior of the West China School of Public Health of Sichuan University, patients in urban areas most often present to private clinics given excellent skills, and their choice of medical treatment is more rational. The clinics aim to meet this demand by taking a strategy of “suit the remedy to the case”. The operation strategies of the clinic usually include: breaking through from public hospitals by providing convenient and inexpensive services, taking the lead in non-public health facilities by employing famous doctors, and surpassing pharmacies by classifying drugs into more categories.

According to the survey, residents in rural areas are more likely to choose other health facilities instead of clinics due to “reasonable prices”. Economic status or cost is an important factor affecting patients in rural areas when a medical decision is made. It is worth mentioning that fewer patients present to private clinics because of “designated facilities”, who account for 2.7% in cities and 14.0% in rural areas. Therefore, a clinic’s capability of diagnosis and treatment is still the most vital factor for attracting patients.