Here is information regarding medical facilities in China. The information includes medical facilities in major Chinese towns, medical insurance, use of credit cards in hospitals, common difficulties, condition of ambulances and medication in rural regions.
High Level Medical Facilities
Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou have the medical facilities having
international staffs. Many hospitals in Chinese cities have wards
called VIP wards, locally known as gaogan bingfang. These wards are
equipped up-to-date laboratory and imaging facilities. The doctors
and specialists in these centers are usually well-trained. These VIP
wards provide medical services to foreigners. They have
English-speaking doctors and nurses, therefore communication would
not be a problem here.
Hospitals in China usually don't accept medical insurance. However,
the hospitals which are on the BlueCross BlueShield's worldwide
network providers accept United States and European medical
insurances. The hospitals associated with the network in Beijing are
Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, Beijing United Family Hospital,
Beijing Friendship Hospital, International Medical Center in
Beijing, and Peking Union Medical Center. The people are asked to
post a deposit prior to admission which would cover the expected
cost of treatment. The costs could be later recovered by the
Using Credit Cards in Hospitals
In major towns, one could use credit cards for payment. However,
credit cards would not work in smaller cities.
Foreigners could face difficulties in Chinese hospitals due to
cultural, language, and regulatory differences. Sometimes, the
hospitals could refuse to give the foreign patients complete copies
of their hospital medical records. The medication available could
also be different from the medication used in your own country.
Ambulances usually have preliminary medical equipments and first aid
medication. They do not carry sophisticated medical equipment. If
anyone in your group is seriously injured or ill, take taxis other
immediately available vehicles to the nearest major hospital rather
than waiting for ambulances.
Medication in Rural Regions
You should expect only rudimentary medical facilities in rural
areas. The medical personnel would be poorly trained and have
insufficient medical equipment and medicines.