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Alipay Wants to Cut Out Lines at Hospitals

By Mo Yelin
While Huashan Hospital is the first to make use of an online payment platform's credit system  to improve efficiency, patients can already pay using such platforms in several other hospitals, such as the pictured hospital in Foshan, Guangdong province. Photo: Visual China
While Huashan Hospital is the first to make use of an online payment platform's credit system to improve efficiency, patients can already pay using such platforms in several other hospitals, such as the pictured hospital in Foshan, Guangdong province. Photo: Visual China

Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial has launched a new service at a Shanghai hospital to allow users of its Alipay online payment platform to see a doctor without having to line up to pay.

Under the new service, Alipay users with a credit score above 650 on Ant Financial Services Group’s Sesame Credit, qualify for 1,000 yuan ($150) in credit at Shanghai’s Huashan Hospital Affiliated with Fudan University, the online payment platform said on Tuesday. These users can use the credit to pay for any medical fees incurred at the hospital.

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