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Bringing a first aid kit with you to China

China Living TipsBringing a first aid kit with you to China will save you a headache - literally and figuratively. Many medications, or their equivalents, are available in China but you don't want to be navigating your way through a Chinese pharmacy or sitting in the ER when all you need is some diarrhea meds to help you with that spicy Sichuan food you ate yesterday.

Here's a list of things you should have with you...just in case.
Family Healthcare in Shanghai

Healthcare in ShanghaiShanghai has one of the better healthcare facilities in China compared to second and third tier cities, however, there aren't as many western medical establishments as local Chinese hospitals but keep in mind that new and improved services are rising rapidly. A great benefit for most expats is their major international insurances are accepted by many health care providers and in the case that they do not have one it is also available for purchase through a number of reputable brokers. Under any circumstance, foreigners can still go to a local facility for any medical concerns which usually is inexpensive and paid out of pocket. Another thing that expats should keep in mind is to bring any western medications that they need because most of the time those medications aren’t available locally. Also in the event of a medical emergency it is best to utilize the fastest transport available due to the fact that ambulance times are slow because Shanghai traffic doesn’t yield to these vehicles. 

Health Care in China

Vaccination Requirements

Currently there are no required immunizations for travel to China, but check with your local consulate to make sure this policy has not changed. Depending on how long you are staying in China and whether you will be spending your time in urban or rural areas, there are different vaccinations that are recommended by travel health specialists. Discuss your travel needs with a doctor that specializes in travel medicine. Universities often have travel clinics that provide a less expensive way of getting your vaccinations. The most useful vaccinations for China are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, tetanus/diptheria, Japanese encephalitis, and typhoid fever. Some doctors also recommend getting a rabies shot and taking malaria pills.
For up-to-the-minute information on vaccination requirements and disease information, call the International Traveler's Hotline in Atlanta at (404) 332-4559, which is sponsored by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This service regularly updates its recorded message for each country.

Medication in China

Pharmacies in China are marked by a green cross
and can be found at every corner.

Though finding a pharmacy may be easy, finding English speaking staff in pharmacies is not. If you’re fortunate, you will find a pharmacy that keeps a bilingual medical directory or has some staff that speaks a few words of English (but not any medical terms).

Fortunately many Chinese medications have the drug’s generic name in English on their box, but the directions and precautions will be all in Chinese. When you do find the medication you need, make sure to take the box with you the next time you visit the pharmacy in order to make the process easier for yourself.
How to Cover Your Medical Cost in China
You are not required to have health insurance in China, but if you don’t want to risk your health and you financial well-being, you should definitely make sure that you are covered for medical treatments in China.

Most employers offer a basic health insurance plan, but you can also buy an insurance policy individually. China has no uniform system of private health insurance, so prices can vary widely (from ¥3,000 to as much as ¥30,000 per year), depending on factors such as age and previous medical history, but also on the types of treatments covered by the policy. Adding on extras such as dental and optical cover will normally raise the rates.

For many foreign workers, health insurance will be offered through your company. Though expatriate insurance plans are often costly, they also offer an extended safety net, which is well worth the price.

For those who aren’t covered through their workplace, we strongly recommend to get a private insurance. Basic coverage will include in-patient care and emergencies. Make sure you understand both the excess and the cost of the insurance plan. A plan with higher excess will only cover larger emergencies, but it will cost less per year for the plan itself.

How to see a doctor in China?
It is never nice to fall sick or ill in a strange country. What happens if you do and need to seek medical help? Let us provide you with some useful medical advize and tips and how
to seek medical help or assistance in China.

The Chinese medical system comprises mostly of public and private hospitals. Small and personalized clinics are still
uncommon.Big cities in China like Beijing and Shanghai have hospitals,clinics and dentists
established for foreigners.

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