A lot of people have the misconception about China, that because it is in name communist, that things like education and health care and all that are "free" for everyone provided by the state. Not so. In terms of health care particularly, it is far more cut-throat than I expect many would enjoy. If someone in your family gets sick and you take them to the hospital, it is expected you will pay upfront - cash on the barrel head - for whatever treatment they need. No money, no treatment. Take your family member home until you have the cash in hand. There's your communist paradise.