Living in Beijing: An Expat’s Guide

Living in Beijing: An Expat’s Guide

As one of China's top-tier cities, Beijing is known for its culture and history. As more foreigners continue to move to the nation's capital, the need for improved and quality healthcare continues to grow. In this article, Expatmedicare will examine the main points that you should know as an expat in Beijing in need of quality medical care.

While there are countless hospitals in the city, the selection of hospitals and clinics that offer quality services and high standards of care to meet the expectations of foreigners working in China is small but growing. Services range from low-cost local hospitals to high-priced international hospitals that are home to foreign-educated doctors.

International Hospitals

The number of medical facilities that meet international standards is growing quickly. These international hospitals and clinics, while expensive, offer standards of care and professionalism that resemble something an expat may find back home. Registration and consultation fees range from about CNY400 to up to CNY900 and treatments procedures can be in the thousands of yuan.

Beijing United Family and Clinics, the only hospital in Beijing to be accredited by the ICI (Joint Commission International) as an international-standard medical provider and more commonly referred to as BJU, offers a variety of services. BJU is a part of the United Family Healthcare umbrella, which has facilities in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Tianjin, and is one of the more commonly referred to hospitals in Beijing. Their doctors and nurses are proficient in many languages, including English, French, Japanese, Spanish and Russian. While the level of care and attention given to patients is highly regarded and the facilities are clean and up to standards found in Western countries, BJU can be quite costly. For those with international medical insurance, they offer direct billing to some providers.

International SOS is also another foreign-operated facility that primarily offers out-patient services along with medical evacuation and medical escort services.

Other foreign-operated out-patient clinics with foreign-trained and educated doctors include:

  • Global Doctor, a clinic which offers basic family medicine services,
  • Bayley & Jackson Medical Center, which offers services in family medicine, dentistry, pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, internal medicine, counseling and other specialities.
  • Vista Clinic-Kerry Center, a 10-year old clinic with doctors who speak Japanese, Korean and English and even make house calls.
  • International Medical Center - Beijing, another clinic that offers a variety of services in English, Russian and Arabic.
  • Hong Kong International Medical Clinic, a joint-venture clinic that offers a variety of services and the pharmacy is stocked with imported and TCM medicine.

It is important to remember that these clinics operate at higher expenses than Chinese-operated hospitals. They can be cost-prohibitive for those without international health insurance. If you are insured, be sure to check with the facility and your provider about where you can go to receive treatment that will be covered by your policy.

Local facilities

Apart from the expensive international/foreign hospitals and clinics, there are many local Chinese hospitals that offer high standards of care without the high price tags. Registration fees and costs at most local hospitals are quite low, starting at about CNY2.5 to more than CNY200. Most local hospitals only accept cash payments and patients must pay before receiving services.

One of the more renowned hospitals is Peking Union Medical College Hospital, which was founded in 1921 by the Rockefeller Foundation. It is the medical school for Union Medical College University and has affiliations with Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. As a large general practice hospital, it boasts outstanding experts and medical researchers and is home to some of the country's most advanced facilities on-par with international standards. It's also conveniently located in the city's Wangfujing district.

Another hospital that has received praise from expats for its level of service and standard of care is the China-Japan Friendship Hospital. The hospital was established in cooperation with the Chinese and Japanese governments and opened in 1984. With 1,500 beds and 58 departments, the hospital also boasts some of the country's best-trained doctors, scholars and professors. It was also the primary hospital to serve athletes, coaches and other officials during the 2008 Olympics. Friendship accepts a wide range of insurance providers, so be sure to check with your provider.

Other touted local hospitals include:

  • Tongren Hospital, this state-run hospital is home to one of China's best optical departments and are famous for its diabetes, psychology and cosmetic surgery departments. Some doctors speak English. Unlike most other local hospitals, the registration fee is a bit costly at CNY220.
  • Peking University Third Hospital, this modern, first-class hospital boasts 22 clinical departments and 945 beds. The hospital is known for its gynecology and obstetrics, sport's medicine, cardiovascular and orthopedic departments and specializes in-vitro fertilization and reconstructive surgery.
  • Beijing Friendship Hospital, this hospital also offers a wide range of services and also has a VIP wing in one of the newer buildings. The VIP ward's registration fee can be as much as CNY200.
    Haidian Hospital, this hospital is an ideal hospital for students for its convenient location in the city's university district and its low costs.

Insurance and covering medical expenses

Companies, local and foreign, will differ on what they offer to employees in regards to covering medical costs. It's important to have a clear understanding from your employer about the medical coverage the company offers, and, if applicable, the details of your insurance policy. If your employer does not offer health insurance, it is advisable to obtain your own international health insurance.

 

List of hospitals and clinics in Beijing

China-Japan Friendship Hospital International Medical Center
Address: 2 Yinghua East Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100029
Tel: +86 010-64223209

Note:
Emergency treatment provided by English-speaking doctors is available at night.
Beijing Children Hospital is recommended for the Pediatric Surgery for Children under 16

Mondays to Fridays: 8:00am-4:00pm, Saturdays: 8:00am-12:00pm

 

Peking Union Medical College Hospital, International Medical Services
Address: 2nd Floor, Inpatient Department, 53 Dong Dan North Road, Dong Cheng District, Beijing 100730
Tel: +86 010-65294088, 010-65295283/4 (At Night)

Note:
Mondays to Fridays: 8:00am-4:30pm, Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays: Emergency Only

 

The Military General Hospital of Beijing PLA, VIP Department
Address: No. 5, Nan Men Cang, Dong Si Shi Tiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Tel: +86 010-66721960, 010-66721424

Note:
Mondays to Fridays: 8:00am-11:30am, 2:00pm-5:00pm

 

Puhua Outpatient Clinic
Address: Huatengyuan B-7, Chaoyang District, 100022 Beijing
Tel: +86 010-87735522-8103/8132

Note:
Pediatrics is available.
Mondays to Saturdays: 9:00 am-6:00pm

 

Beijing Tiantan Puhua Hospital
Address: No. 12, Tiantan Nanli, Chongwen District, Beijing
Tel: +86 010-67035566, 67020836

Note:
No pediatrics.
Mondays to Fridays: 8:30am-5:30pm, Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays: 010-89116665 only for emergencies (8:00am-10:00pm)

Beijing Children's Hospital, the Special Consultation Clinic
Address: 6th Floor, New Out-patient Building, 56 Lishi South Road, Xicheng District, Beijing 100045
Tel: +86 010-59718775 (Appointment time is only available 8:00 to 10:00, from Monday to Sunday)

Note:
8:00am-12:00pm, 1:30pm-3:

 

New Century International Children's Hospital
Address: No. 56 Nan Lishi Road, Beijing 100045
Tel: +86 010-68025588-8000, 010-88046100 (24-hours)

Note:
Outpatient: 8:00am-5:00pm
Emergency: 5:00pm-8:00am

Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic
Address: K-01 Building No. 19, Harmony Business Center, Li Yuan Street, Tian Zhu, Shun Yi District, Beijing 101310
Tel: +86 010-64562599

Note:
9:00am-9:00pm

Hong Kong International Medical Clinic, Beijing
Address: 9/F, Hong Kong Macau Center Office Tower, 2 Chaoyang Men North Dajie 100027
Tel: +86 010-65532288 ext. 2345/2346, 010-65023426

Note:
9:00am-9:00pm

American-Sino Ob/Gyn Hospital
Address: 218 Anwai Xiaoguanbeili, Chaoyang District 100029
Tel: +86 010-64968888

Note:
Open 24 hours everyday

AMCARE Women's & Children's Hospital
Address: No. 9 Fangyuan West Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100016
Tel: +86 010-6434-2388, 010-6434-2399, 800-610-6200

Note:
9:00am-8:00pm
Emergency only available for OB/GYN

Beijing Orient Care
Address: Room 102, No. 16 Business Building China Central Place, 89 Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Tel: +86 010-65981887

Note:
Mondays to Saturdays: 9:00am-6:00pm

Beijing MJ Health Screening Center
Address: 5F, Tower E2,Oriental,Dong Cheng District Beijing
Tel: +86 010-85185588-656, 13501398081 (Mr. Luo)

Note:
Tuesdays to Fridays: 7:45am-10:00am

Cui Yue-Li Traditional Medicine Research Center, Ping Xin Tang Clinic
Address: 218-2 Wangfujing Avenue, Third Floor, West Building of Oriental Plaza, Dong Cheng District, Beijing 100005
Tel: +86 010-65235566

Note:
Pediatrics is available.
Mondays to Saturdays: 8:30am-5:30pm, Sundays & Public Holidays: 8:30am-12:00pm

Jing Xin Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic
Address: No 16. 7th floor, Jian Wai SOHO west area, Chao Yang District,Beijing 100022
Tel: +86 010-58699985-0

Note:
10:00am-9:00pm

 

Bayley and Jackson Medical Center
Address: 7 Ritan East Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100020
Tel: +86 010-85629998

Note:
Pediatrics is available.
Mondays to Fridays: 9:00am-6:00pm, Saturdays: 9:00am-5:30pm

 

International Medical Center-Beijing
Address: S106 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmaqiao Road, Beijing 100016
Tel: +86 010-64622068, 010-64651561

Note:
Pediatrics is available.
8:00am-5:00pm

 

Vista Clinic
Address: B29 Kerry Center, 1 Guanghua Road, Beijing 100020
Tel: +86 010-85296618

Note:
Pediatrics is available.
Full day service

De Heng Clinic
Address: Floor 9 Xiehe Mingri Mansion, No. 69 North Dongdan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005
Tel: +86 010-65593936, 010-65592933

Note:
Pediatrics is available.
Mondays to Fridays : 8:00am-6:00pm, Saturdays: 8:00am-1:00pm

The New World Eaton Medical Center
Address: 5/F, New World Shopping Mall, Chongwenmen, Beijing 100075
Tel: +86 010-67085075

Note:
No Pediatrics.
8:30am-5:30pm, Public Holidays: Need further confirmation from Medical Center.

 

Beijing Chaoyang District Century Village Clinic
Address: Building 9, 2nd Division, Century Village, No. 8, North Yu Hui Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China
Tel: +86 010-84631930, 010-67661234 / 84632106

Note:
No pediatrics.
Family Medicine: 8:00am-10:00pm
Other Departments: 8:00am-5:00pm, Public Holidays: Need further confirmation from Clinic.

Beijing Intech Eye Hospital
Address: 1st, 4th, 5th Floor, Panjiayuan Plaza, No. 12 Panjiayuan Nanli, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100021
Tel: +86 010-67715558

Note:
Mondays to Fridays : 8:30am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:30pm, Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays: 9:00am-4:30pm

Best Vision
Address: 8/F, Tower 2, Blue Castle International Center, Xi Dawang Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: +86 010-85999110, 010-85999115

Note:
Mondays to Sundays: 8:30am-5:00pm. Public Holidays: Need further confirmation from Clinic.

Bo Ai Tang Traditional Medicine Clinic-Zhong Guan Cun Clinic
Address: 19 Zhongguancun South Rd, Haidian District, Beijing
Tel: +86 010-88514939 / 68412758

Note:
8:00am-9:00pm

Bo Ai Tang Traditional Medicine Clinic-South Railway Station
Address: No. 1, Kaiyang Road, Fengtai District Beijing (East of First Floor Hanhai Garden Building)
Tel: +86 010-8397 3609, 010-8397 3610

Note:
9:00am-6:00pm

 

Beijing United Family Health & Wellness Center-Jianguomen
Address: B1, The St. Regis Residence, St. Regis Hotel, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Beijing, 100020
Tel: +86 010-8532-1221

Note:
Mondays to Fridays: 8:30am-5:30pm

 

Beijing United Family- Shunyi Clinic
Address: Unit 818, Pinnacle Plaza, Tian Zhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District, Beijing, 101312
Tel: +86 010-8046-5432

Note:
Mondays to Thursdays: 9:30am-6:45pm, Friday: 9:30am-4:00pm, Saturdays: 9:00am-3:30pm

 

Beijing United Family Hospital
Address: 2 Jiang Tai Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100016
Tel: +86 010-6433-2345 (24-hour Emergency Hotline), 010-5927-7350/7351/7352/7331

Note:
Hospital is open 24 hours; Clinic working hours: 9:00am-7:00pm, Saturdays: 8:30am-5:30pm

 

Beijing SDM Dental-China World Trade Center Clinic
Address: NB210 of China World Shopping Mall, No. 1 Jian Guo Men Wai Ave., Beijing 100004
Tel: +86 010-65059439 / 65059431

Note:
Mondays to Sundays: 9:00am-8:00pm. Closed on Public Holidays.

Beijing SDM Dental-Sunshine Plaza Clinic
Address: F-D186B, Sunshine Plaza, 68 Anli Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100026
Tel: +86 010-64972173 / 64982173

Note:
Mondays to Sundays: 9:00am-8:00pm. Closed on Public Holidays.

Beijing SDM Dental-SDM Clinic
Address: FC222, 21st Century Hotel, No. 40 Liang Ma Qiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100016
Tel: +86 010-64664814 / 64612745

Note:
Mondays to Sundays: 9:00am-8:00pm. Closed on Public Holidays.

Beijing SDM Dental-Yuan Da Clinic
Address: Room 106, Building 11, No. 22 Yuan Da Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100089
Tel: +86 010-88596912 / 88596913

Note:
Mondays to Sundays: 9:00am-8:00pm. Closed on Public Holidays.

Beijing SDM Dental-Euro Plaza Clinic
Address: LB107, No. 99 Euro Plaza, Yu Xiang Rd., Shun Yi District, Beijing 101300
Tel: +86 010-80466084

Note:
Mondays to Sundays: 10:00am-7:00pm. Closed on Public Holidays.

Beijing ARRAIL Dental Clinic-CITIC Clinic & Paediatric Dental Clinic
Address: Room 208, Tower A, CITIC Building, 19 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing China 100004
Tel: +86 010-65006472/3, 010-85263235/6

Note:
Mondays to Sundays: 9:00am-5:30pm

Beijing ARRAIL Dental Clinic-Somerset Clinic
Address: 1st Floor, Somerset Fortune Garden, 46 Liangmaqiao Road, Beijing 100016
Tel: +86 010-84401926/7/8

Note:
Mondays to Fridays: 9:00am-6:00pm, Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays: 9:00am-5:30pm

Being ARRAIL Dental Clinic-Implant Center
Address: Room 201, The Exchange-Beijing, 118 Yi Jianguo Road, Beijing
Tel: +86 010-65675670, 65675238

Note:
9:00am-5:00pm

Beijing ARRAIL Dental Clinic-Zhongguancun Clinic
Address: Room 308, Raycom Info Tech Park, Tower A, 2 Science Institute South Road, Beijing
Tel: +86 010-82861956/7/8

Note:
Mondays to Thursdays: 9:00am-5:30pm, Fridays to Saturdays: 9:00am-5:15pm

Beijing ARRAIL Dental Clinic-Arrlink Clinic
Address: Room 101 ,No.16 Building, China Central Place, No.89 Jianguo Road, Beijing
Tel: +86 010-85888550/60/70/80/90

Note:
Mondays to Sundays: 9:30am-5:30pm, Public Holidays: Close