Chinese hospital opens smog treatment clinic

BEIJING (AP) — A doctor says a hospital in southwest China has opened a clinic for patients who are suffering symptoms related to smog.

The clinic highlights how big a concern pollution has become for Chinese. One public health expert suggested hospitals may follow suit to cash in on the country's notorious smog.

The clinic at the Chengdu No. 7 People's Hospital opened its doors a week and a half ago and has already treated more than 100 patients.

Doctor Wang Qixun said Wednesday they had decided to set it up because the hospital had seen the number of smog-related patients surge last year.

Pan Xiaochuan, a professor at Peking University's School of Public Health, suggested it may be a publicity stunt aimed at increasing the hospital's coffers.

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