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China s health regulator looks into allegation cancer doctor gave pricier, substandard treatment and let patient die prematurely

China’s top health regulator is investigating allegations an oncologist at a leading Shanghai hospital intentionally used more expensive, substandard treatment options for a cancer patient that led to his early death. Lu Wei, an expert on gastrointestinal cancer at Shanghai’s Xinhua Hospital, has been under investigation after accusations made by another oncologist in Beijing, said the hospital on Tuesday. The hospital is working with the National Health Commission in a probe into claims of cancer patients’ “losing both money and life”, allegedly due to their doctors’ greed and lack of professional knowledge after Zhang Yu from the Beijing-based Peking University Third Hospital made the dramatic accusations online, a senior publicity official from Lu’s hospital told the South China Morning Post. “We have been very serious about the case and doctor Lu has been suspended from duty to cooperate with the investigation,” said an official surnamed Shi from Xinhua Hospital. Zhang Yu said that he had come across a case where a patient received poor treatment that not only pushed up medical costs but also caused them physical pain and early death.


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