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Millions of tourists and expats visit China each year. With its ancient culture, serene landscapes, and bustling metropolitan cities, it’s easy to see why China has become such a popular travel destination.
For those visiting or moving to China, and for residents already living in the country, PP is proud to offer a wide range of health insurance products to serve your specific needs.
The quality of healthcare in China varies greatly between public and private care.
Public hospitals and clinics in China are available to both citizens and visitors, and the costs are generally quite low. However, the quality of facilities and personnel is significantly worse in comparison to western standards, especially when it comes to hygiene and privacy. Appointment systems are also a rarity, so wait times can be long.
High-quality, private hospitals and speciality clinics are becoming more common in major cities. However, private healthcare in China can be as much as four to ten times more expensive than its public counterparts, with costs on par with private medical care in North America or Hong Kong
Only private hospitals or major public hospitals with Foreigner/VIP clinics are likely to have English speaking doctors.
Most hospitals require patients to pay before receiving any treatment. However, some hospitals have direct billing services with certain international health insurance companies, allowing for automatic payment.
Contact an adviser to check which hospitals and which insurance plans offer direct billing services.
The following is a list of the top hospitals in China.
Beijing University Hospital
Shenzhen No 2 People's Hospital
Renji Hospital – Shanghai
Beijing United Family Hospital
Global HealthCare – Shanghai
Guangzhou United Family Clinic
Shenzhen Can Am International Medical Center
Parkway Health Chengdu Medical Center
Shanghai No.1 Maternity and Children’s Health Hospital
Shenzhen Maternal and Child Healthcare Hospital
Click here for a complete list of major hospitals in China
In China, you should always be careful when it comes to food and water. It's advisable to avoid meat markets and to drink only bottled or boiled water.
It is also recommended to see a physician four to six weeks before departure to receive vaccinations for the following infectious diseases (depending on the planned area of visit):
Hantaviral hemorrhagic fever with renal syndrome (HFRS)
If you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever, the Chinese government requires proof of yellow fever vaccination before granting entry.
Click here to speak with an adviser about which vaccinations you may need.