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Jan 18, 2019 05:18 PM
SOCIETY & CULTURE

Why China's Young Doctors Are Quitting In Droves

A doctor takes a break after a surgical procedure at a hospital in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province on Oct. 8, 2015. Photo: VCG
A doctor takes a break after a surgical procedure at a hospital in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province on Oct. 8, 2015. Photo: VCG

(Sixth Tone) — When Huang Xin qualified as a doctor in 2006, it was one of the proudest days of his life. A job in the dermatology department of a major Shanghai hospital awaited, and he looked forward to a long, respected career in public health.

But eight years later, at just 33 years old, an exhausted Huang quit China’s health service. “I felt that neither the hospital nor my patients fully understood or appreciated my value,” he says. “I felt just like a worker on a production line, prescribing the same drugs to the same kinds of patients.”

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