Informal money transactions between patients and doctors is a frequent occurrence on the mainland. Photo: Xinhua

No more red envelopes allowed in hospitals, China’s National Health Commision says

On May 1, Chinese doctors and patients will be officially banned from giving or accepting bribe money in red envelopes

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Informal money transactions between patients and doctors is a frequent occurrence on the mainland. Photo: Xinhua
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Jeremy Blum

Jeremy Blum

Born in the United States but now living in Hong Kong, Jeremy Blum is a half-American, half-Taiwanese writer. Prior to joining SCMP, he studied journalism at the University of Hong Kong and lived in Taiwan for two years. He has previously written on a wide variety of topics, including communist video games, Asian American start-ups and the history of dumpling restaurants in Taiwan. You can follow him on Twitter @blummer102