Going to a Chinese Hospital

Many International Hospitals in China are very expensive even with a deductible. For emergency situations, I would recommend that you go to the China Japan Friendship Hospital. They have an international ward and you will be treated well. I have never been to the emergency room in China but I will talk about two health issues that you may face while in China. These two types of problems are really common. You do not need to spend thousands of RMB on these issues. These are stomach problems and the flu/cold。

There are three places that you need to know when going to a Chinese hospital: registration desk, cashier, and the pharmacy.

1. Flu/Severe Cold

After a few days of rest and hydration(补水), it may be time to go to the doctor if your health has not improved. The doctor will ask you your symptoms. Many of these symptoms are described in this Sinology blog. If you have flu symptoms, you most likely want to see an ENT doctor. The ENT will be able to diagnose your illness. The doctors will check your blood() for infections and you will have to go to the blood testing counter. This is sometimes on a completely different floor.

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2. Stomach problems

Most foreigners who live in China experience some type of stomach problems from time to time. You will want to go to the Internal Medicine Department Sometimes this department can be (消化科) or (内科).

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The doctors will may prescribe antibiotics 抗生素 or painkillers 止痛药

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Kristen Carusos is from Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. She graduated from Kennesaw State University with a major in International Affairs and a minor in French. She studied abroad in China for the first time in Shanghai in 2010 and again in 2011 at Beijing Language and Culture University. She graduated and moved to Beijing in 2012 and has been studying Chinese since then. She works in the Marketing Department at the Sinology Institute.