I know I’m not alone in having trouble finding prescriptions in China.
After months of looking for a doctor or two, I finally found one in Beijing.
It’s a small pharmacy in a nondescript building on the edge of the city’s famous Pearl River Delta.
A sign outside the door reads “Dental Department.”
It’s the first pharmacy I’ve ever come across in China, so I was skeptical that this would be the kind of place I’d want to buy medication.
The only way to know for sure is to get in.
I walk in, and the receptionist is friendly and helpful.
I’m told the pharmacist’s a “Chinese doctor,” and that they are only allowed to prescribe in the country, but they have no restrictions on how many prescriptions they can dispense.
They tell me they’re trying to get more Chinese patients into the country so they can open up a pharmacy for Chinese patients.
When I ask if I can use their services for free, the pharmacy owner says yes.
“Do you need a prescription?” he asks.
I say yes.
I ask for a medicine to treat an ear infection, and he says yes and gives me the medicine.
It takes several minutes to get it to me.
He tells me the price and that I need to pay a certain amount to get the medicine, which I can’t do until I pay my balance.
When he gives me his card and a receipt, he tells me he’ll pay me in cash.
I leave with my money and no medication.
I’ve never had a problem getting medicine in China before, and it was an easy purchase for me.
The pharmacist told me he was only allowed 10% of the prescriptions he dispensed, but I’d never actually seen that amount.
That’s because there are only three pharmacies that can sell drugs in Beijing and the rest are closed to the public.
So I asked him to tell me what the other pharmacies could do, and what kind of medicine he could prescribe.
He told me they can give out 10% to 20% of their business to Chinese patients, which means a 10% increase in the total number of Chinese patients that can access prescription medications in China’s health system.
That means a patient who is diagnosed with diabetes in China can get a prescription for a pill to control their blood sugar, which can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
I don’t know if the pill I bought was the same type of pill that the pharmacies doctor had prescribed me before, but it would have been easier for me to buy from him and have it delivered to my house.
So it’s unclear to me how the pharmaceuticians profit from the Chinese patients they treat, but the pharmacists seem to be making money for their customers.
In the past, pharmacies have been more willing to give patients access to the medicines they need because they have a monopoly, which makes them more willing than doctors to prescribe them.
But now that pharmacies have become so big, they’re less likely to do that, and patients will need to look elsewhere.
The pharmacist who runs the pharmacy says the pharmacies in China are still in a “very competitive situation” because they are “not going to sell anything that is not in stock.”
That means they have to pay much more for prescription drugs than they normally would for the same amount of drugs they could dispense to their customers in China without the need for a prescription.
He also says there are more doctors and clinics now than ever before.
It doesn’t appear that there is much demand for Chinese medicine in the rest of the world.
In some ways, it’s surprising that I’ve come to be in China in the first place.
I have no formal education in China and have no idea what the Chinese language is, and I don the basic language of medicine, or what a doctor is.
My only real experience with China was through a travel guide written by my sister, who I’ve met at least a few times.
I spent my first two years in the United States, and after a few years I was able to return to China to teach English in Shanghai.
During my stay, I learned a few things about the country that I hadn’t known before.
I was struck by how much people care about their health, and how much Chinese people have been the backbone of the Chinese medical system.
There are also a few signs of the rising Chinese economy.
The number of people working in manufacturing has been rising for years, and manufacturing jobs are becoming more plentiful.
But China’s population is aging and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to recruit and retain qualified workers.
This has made the country’s health care system more expensive, which has put even more pressure on the health care budget.
For the past several years, I’ve been trying to convince people to visit China to find medicine, but no one seems interested.
There have been a few local news reports about people who are trying to take advantage of the situation