China is working towards its aim of basic healthcare availability for all of its citizens, although there is not a 'national health service' and everyone has to pay for medical care. Due to the pressures placed on the public health system by an aging population and increased awareness of general health issues, people are now being encouraged to subscribe to health insurance policies.
English-speaking doctors practice at the following medical centres:
Your embassy will often be able to provide you with a list of doctors or dentists from your home country who are practising locally.
Many health centres also have Chinese medicine practitioners who are able to speak English.
Shanghai has a number of well-equipped hospitals and clinics, with international staff. Many large hospitals also have VIP or foreigners' clinics (gaogan bingfang) where you can expect to find up to date technology and English-speaking doctors and nurses. If you attend a private hospital, you will often be asked for a deposit or payment in advance of any treatment.
The following international hospitals and VIP clinics offer healthcare for foreigners in Shanghai:
Ambulances are not generally well-equipped and it may be better to take a taxi or your own vehicle to the hospital in the case of an emergency.
With so much to deal with before leaving your home country, (taxes, moving house, paperwork etc.) the careful planning of your expatriation to Shanghai is an essential step. As far as healthcare is concerned, your local social security scheme won’t be accompanying you to your host country and, once abroad, you might be surprised by the care system you find in China. So, before leaving, make sure you have appropriate cover!
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Designed for either short or long stays, APRIL International’s insurance policies offer protection against any problems that might arise before departure or during your time in China: cancelling your trip, medical expenses following an illness or accident, needing to be repatriated, causing damage to a third party or losing your luggage.
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