Born Into Excess

According to news reports by China’s Information Times and other media earlier this week, a specialized hospital in the city of Guangzhou is now offering luxury childbirth suites that cost a staggering 180,000 yuan for seven days, or 25,000 yuan (US$3,800) per day. The news of these “sky-high delivery suites” (天价产房) have drawn a lot of attention in recent days, exposing for many deep inequalities in the provision healthcare services in China. In this cartoon, posted by artist Shang Haichun (商海春) to his QQ.com blog, a team of doctors in white frocks bear a mother and her newborn child on a palanquin, symbolizing extravagance.

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