Ajax loader
By using our website, you agree to our use of cookies as described in Cookie Policy.

Can't find what you're looking for?

 

Be sure to Sign in to see all available content.

 

If you don't have an account, Register here.

Wider Image

RTSQ1UR
China's 'cancer hotels'
"Cancer hotels" have sprung up near hospitals around China to house patients unable to afford a coveted hospital room, a reflection of the vast inequalities in China's overburdened healthcare system.
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ007
September 29, 2016
Wang uses a mobile phone as she take a rest in her room at the accommodation where patients and their...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
Wang uses a mobile phone as she take a rest in her room at the accommodation where patients and their family members stay while seeking medical treatments in Beijing, China. Wang, who suffers from cervical cancer, came from Inner Mongolia to seek treatment at a specialist hospital in Beijing. In the shadow of one of China's top cancer hospitals in Beijing, a catacomb-like network of ramshackle brick buildings has become a home-from-home for hundreds of cancer patients and their families waiting for treatment.

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ006
September 29, 2016
A man walks past the accommodation where some patients and their family members stay while seeking medical...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
A man walks past the accommodation where some patients and their family members stay while seeking medical treatment. The cluster of nine buildings, connected by dark, narrow passageways, offers cheap accommodation for patients unable to afford a coveted hospital room, a reflection of the vast inequalities in China's overburdened healthcare system.

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ00L
September 29, 2016
Wang eats breakfast, which her husband Liu cooked, in her room. These "cancer hotels" have sprung up...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
Wang eats breakfast, which her husband Liu cooked, in her room. These "cancer hotels" have sprung up near hospitals around the country to house some of the more than three million people diagnosed with cancer in China every year. Patients often travel hundreds of miles to city hospitals because of poor facilities in their home regions, creating a wave of cancer "refugees" often living on a shoe-string as they struggle to pay for care.

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ00Z
September 29, 2016
Groceries in plastic bags hang by the window at the accommodation. A manager of one of the hotels said...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
Groceries in plastic bags hang by the window at the accommodation. A manager of one of the hotels said most patients stayed for between several months and a year while they waited for treatment.

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ00W
September 29, 2016
Wang takes her medicine at the accommodation. "There's an imbalance between the big cities and small...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
Wang takes her medicine at the accommodation. "There's an imbalance between the big cities and small ones. Good doctors don't want to work in small places," said Liu, 46, a migrant worker who brought his wife more than 750 km (450 miles) to see a specialist in the capital in May. His wife, Wang, 42, was diagnosed with cervical cancer at the beginning of the year, and was told by family she should leave her hometown in Inner Mongolia for treatment. "If you have some serious illness then you'd better go to Beijing," said Liu. Both husband and wife asked that Reuters use only their surnames to protect their privacy.

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ00B
September 29, 2016
Huang is reflected in a mirror as she stands in front of her room. Huang, who is suffering from rectal...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
Huang is reflected in a mirror as she stands in front of her room. Huang, who is suffering from rectal cancer, came from Inner Mongolia to seek for a treatment at a specialist hospital in Beijing. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ00P
September 29, 2016
A man casts a shadow as he walks along a narrow passageway at the accommodation. The financial burden...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
A man casts a shadow as he walks along a narrow passageway at the accommodation. The financial burden for Chinese patients with serious conditions like cancer or diabetes can be overwhelming. Official data shows that up to 44 percent of families pushed into poverty were impoverished by illness.

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ019
September 29, 2016
Wang and her husband Liu hold hands as they walk toward a hospital in Beijing. The costs all add up....
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
Wang and her husband Liu hold hands as they walk toward a hospital in Beijing. The costs all add up. A cheap train ticket for Wang and Liu's 16-hour journey was 321 yuan ($48), while a room at the hotel sets them back about 70 yuan a night, half the price of a hospital bed. Their simple room, with a translucent blue shawl hanging across the door, had a television and fan. They can also cook at the hotel.

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ005
September 29, 2016
Laundry hangs on a clothes line in front of the accommodation. The financial burden for Chinese patients...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
Laundry hangs on a clothes line in front of the accommodation. The financial burden for Chinese patients with serious conditions like cancer or diabetes can be overwhelming. Official data shows that up to 44 percent of families pushed into poverty were impoverished by illness.

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ00C
September 29, 2016
A man pushes a wheelchair at the accommodation. Stories abound of patients or their relatives going to...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
A man pushes a wheelchair at the accommodation. Stories abound of patients or their relatives going to extremes to pay for care: turning to unapproved treatments, sleeping rough or even donning fancy dress in public to raise funds.

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ00F
September 29, 2016
Clothes hang in a room where Huang and her husband Pan stay. Huang, who suffers from rectal cancer, came...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
Clothes hang in a room where Huang and her husband Pan stay. Huang, who suffers from rectal cancer, came from Inner Mongolia to seek treatment at a specialist hospital in Beijing.

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ00G
September 29, 2016
Huang shows her CT scan film in her room. "The hardest part for us is the money," said Pan, 60, who came...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
Huang shows her CT scan film in her room. "The hardest part for us is the money," said Pan, 60, who came to the Beijing cancer hotel with his wife, Huang, after she was diagnosed with rectal cancer in 2013. "We are farmers, we have already spent over 270,000 yuan ($40,500) since 2013."

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ00O
September 29, 2016
A ointment for skin disease sits by a window in a room at the accommodation. State health insurance does...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
A ointment for skin disease sits by a window in a room at the accommodation. State health insurance does reach nearly all of China's 1.4 billion people, but coverage is basic, meaning patients, on average, foot almost half the bill. That can rise much higher for chronic or complex diseases like cancer.

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ00E
September 29, 2016
Huang sits on a bed in her room at the accommodation. Many people turn to friends, relatives or shadowy...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
Huang sits on a bed in her room at the accommodation. Many people turn to friends, relatives or shadowy lenders to pay for travel and treatment. Many end up in queues outside hospitals paying ticket touts or doctors to speed things up. "Only half our costs can be covered by the medical insurance," said Huang's husband Pan. "We're not city folk who can lend out thousands of yuan at a time. Families in our area are poor. We have to borrow money for treatment."

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ00Q
September 29, 2016
A rose plant is seen in a room at the accommodation. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
A rose plant is seen in a room at the accommodation. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ00V
September 29, 2016
Liu serves breakfast for his wife, Wang, in their room. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
Liu serves breakfast for his wife, Wang, in their room. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ00X
September 29, 2016
Yuan Yunping, who suffers from melanoma of the foot, watches TV in his room. Yuan came from Hebei Province...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
Yuan Yunping, who suffers from melanoma of the foot, watches TV in his room. Yuan came from Hebei Province to seek treatment at a specialist hospital in Beijing. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ010
September 29, 2016
Yuan Yunping wipes sweat from his face as he eats dinner, which his son cooked for him, in his room....
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
Yuan Yunping wipes sweat from his face as he eats dinner, which his son cooked for him, in his room. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ00I
September 29, 2016
Huang (R) and her husband Pan sit in their room at the accommodation. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
Huang (R) and her husband Pan sit in their room at the accommodation. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ00K
September 29, 2016
Pan packs his suitcase as he prepares to check out of the accommodation. Pan's wife Huang, suffers from...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
Pan packs his suitcase as he prepares to check out of the accommodation. Pan's wife Huang, suffers from rectal cancer, and the couple came from Inner Mongolia to seek treatment at a specialist hospital in Beijing. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ013
September 29, 2016
Yuan Yunping, who has melanoma of the foot, leaves the accommodation. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
Yuan Yunping, who has melanoma of the foot, leaves the accommodation. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ015
September 29, 2016
A woman sits on a rooftop at the accommodation. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
A woman sits on a rooftop at the accommodation. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ018
September 29, 2016
A cluster of buildings (front) where some patients and their family members stay while seeking medical...
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
A cluster of buildings (front) where some patients and their family members stay while seeking medical treatments. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
CHINA-CANCERHOTEL/
RTSQ014
September 29, 2016
Pan carries his belongings as he prepares to check out of the accommodation. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Beijing, China
The Wider Image: China's cancer patients far from home
Pan carries his belongings as he prepares to check out of the accommodation. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Display
Items per page
Page
of 1