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International Media Report Links:  China Health and Medicine

  • Growing pains hit mental health in China (link to full story on CNN)
  • Newborn deaths in China more than halved (link to full story on CBC)
  • China's Gastric Cancer Drug Market Will Grow to $469 Million in 2015
    Surveyed Chinese Oncologists Use Branded Targeted Therapies Off Label for Late-Stage Gastric Cancer, According to a New Report from Decision Resources (details)
  • China's Gastric Cancer Drug Market Will Grow to $469 Million in 2015
    Surveyed Chinese Oncologists Use Branded Targeted Therapies Off Label for Late-Stage Gastric Cancer, According to a New Report from Decision Resources
  • China AIDS sufferers being denied medical care (click for details on Reuters)
  • China smoking ban may have little effect (click for details)
  • Health Buzz: Smoking Ban Takes Effect in China (click for details)
  • China’s Smoking Ban: Not for Lack of Trying to Prevent It (click for details on blog published on the New Yorker)
  • Book Review: Dream of Ding Village - Human nature is shown at its worst in a tale of greed and corruption. -- the narrator of Dream of Ding Village tells us. ''You just assumed they were dead.'' A plague has come to this tiny village in China's central eastern Henan province. People call it ''the fever''. It's AIDS.(click for the review)


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China Medical Service

- from Consular Information Sheet of US Department of State
MEDICAL FACILITIES AND HEALTH INFORMATION: Western -style medical facilities with international staffs are available in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and a few other large cities. Many other hospitals in major Chinese cities have so-called VIP wards (gaogan bingfang). These feature reasonably up-to-date medical technology and physicians who are both knowledgeable and skilled. Most VIP wards also provide medical services to foreigners and have English-speaking doctors and nurses. Most hospitals in China will not accept medical insurance from the United States, with the exception of the following hospitals, which are on the BlueCross BlueShield’s worldwide network providers - overseas network hospitals’ list ( Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, Beijing United Family Hospital, Beijing Friendship Hospital, International Medical Center in Beijing, and Peking Union Medical Center. Travelers will be asked to post a deposit prior to admission to cover the expected cost of treatment. Hospitals in major cities may accept credit cards for payment. Even in the VIP/Foreigner wards of major hospitals, however, American patients have frequently encountered difficulty due to cultural and regulatory differences. Physicians and hospitals have sometimes refused to supply American patients with complete copies of their Chinese hospital medical records, including laboratory test results, scans, and x-rays.

Ambulances do not carry sophisticated medical equipment. Injured or seriously ill Americans may be required to take taxis or other immediately available vehicles to the nearest major hospital rather than waiting for ambulances to arrive. Generally, in rural areas, only rudimentary medical facilities are available, often with poorly trained medical personnel who have little medical equipment and medications. Rural clinics are often reluctant to accept responsibility for treating foreigners, even in emergency situations.

SOS International, Ltd., operates modern medical and dental clinics and provides medical evacuation and medical escort services in Beijing, Nanjing, Tianjin and Shekou, as well as 24hr Alarm Centers in Beijing and Shanghai. Through clinics in Beijing (24 hours), Tianjin, Nanjing and Shekou, SOS offers international standard family practice services, emergency medical services and a range of clinical services.

For medical emergencies anywhere in mainland China, Americans can call the SOS International, Ltd., 24-hour "Alarm Center" in Beijing at telephone (86)(10) 6462-9100 or in Shanghai at (86)(21) 5298-9538 for advice and referrals to local facilities. SOS International Alarm Centers can also be contacted in Hong Kong at telephone (852) 2428-9900 and in the United States at (215) 245-4707. For a full list of SOS locations and phone numbers, consult the SOS website at

Bayley & Jackson Beijing Medical Center

#7 Ritan Dong Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100020
(86)(10) 8562-9998 Fax: (86)(10) 8561-4866

Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics
#2 Jiang Tai Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100016
(86)(10) 6433-3960 Fax: (86)(10) 6433-3963
Emergency Hotline: (86)(10) 6433-2345

Beijing United Family Clinic — Shunyi
Pinnacle Plaza , Unit # 818, Tian Zhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi District, 101312
(86)(10) 8046-5432 Fax: (86)(10) 8046-4383

Peking Union Medical Hospital
1 Shuai Fu Yuan, Dong Cheng District, Beijing 100730
Tel: (86)(10) 6529-5269(registration and information); (86)(10) 6529-5284 (24 hours); (86)(10) 6529 6114 (operator)
Modern Facilities with English speaking staff. Separate ward for foreign patients.

World Link Shanghai Clinics: Expatriate doctors and imported vaccines. Hotline: (86)(21) 6385-9990 World Link Medical Centers located at:

Shanghai Center Medical Center
1376 Nanjing Xi Lu Suite 203
Telephone: (86)(21) 6279-7688

Hong Qiao Medical Center
2258 Hong Qiao Lu
Telephone: (86)(21) 6242-0909

Specialty Clinic
Lu Wan Hospital, 3rd Floor
170 Dan Shui Lu
Telephone: (86)(21) 6445-5999

Jin Qiao Medical & Dental Center
51 Hong Feng Lu
Tel: (86)(21) 5032-8288

Global Health Care
This is a Hong Kong invested facility with a strong cardiac risk assessment focus.
Staffed by western physicians.

Shanghai Kerry Center
Room 301
1515 Nanjing West Rd
Tel: (86)(21) 5298-6339

Fudan Vision
Managed by VisionHealthOne a Singapore health care company and affiliated to Fudan Medical University. Staffed by Singapore and western physicians.

Silver Tower 3 rd Floor
228 South Xizang Rd
Tel: (86)(21) 6334-3668

Shanghai United Family Hospital
1139 Xianxia Lu
Tel: (86)(21) 5133-1900
Emergency hotline: (86)(21) 5133-1999

Shanghai East International Medical Center
551 South Pudong Rd
Telephone: (86)(21) 5879-999

GlobalDoctor, Ltd., has opened clinics staffed by English-speaking doctors within the VIP wards of government-run hospitals in Chengdu, Nanjing, and Beijing. There is also a clinic in Shenyang with a 24- hour emergency assistance hotline at (86)(24) 2433-0678. GlobalDoctor can be reached by telephone from China at (86)(10) 8456-9191 or on the Internet at .

Additional information on medical providers specializing in treating foreigners for general medical, dental and orthodontic problems are available at

Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s hotline for international travelers at (877) FYI-TRIP (877-394-8747) or via the CDC’s Internet site at For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad consult the World Health Organization’s (WHO) website at Further health information for travelers is available at

ALTERNATIVE MEDICAL TREATMENTS:  There have been increasing numbers of foreigners coming to China to receive alternative medical treatments or procedures prohibited in the United States relating specifically to stem-cell research. Any person contemplating these treatments should be fully aware of the risks of such procedures. The treatments can be dangerous and untested. The results are not guaranteed. In many instances, patients going for treatment develop secondary infections that cannot be handled by these facilities. They are transferred to hospitals for treatment and are responsible for all additional costs, including repatriation back to the United States. In some cases, these treatments have resulted in death.

MEDICAL INSURANCE:  The Department of State strongly urges Americans to consult with their medical insurance company prior to traveling abroad to confirm whether their policy applies overseas and whether it will cover emergency expenses such as a medical evacuation. Please see our information on medical insurance overseas. China has no public healthcare system to provide for people without insurance or money. If you become sick or injured, you will be expected to pay for your bills, sometimes even before treatment is offered.

TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in a foreign country, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. The information below concerning China is provided for general reference only, and may not be totally accurate in a particular location or circumstance.

The rate of traffic accidents in China, including fatal accidents, is among the highest in the world. Driving etiquette in China is developing. As a result, traffic is often chaotic, and right-of-way and other courtesies are often ignored. Travelers should note that cars and buses in the wrong lanes frequently hit pedestrians and bicyclists.Pedestrians should always be careful while walking near traffic. Road/traffic conditions are generally safe if occupants of modern passenger vehicles wear seatbelts. Most traffic accident injuries involve pedestrians or cyclists who are involved in collisions or who encounter unexpected road hazards (e.g., unmarked open manholes). Foreigners with resident permits can apply for PRC driver licenses; however, liability issues often make it preferable to employ a local driver. Child safety seats are not widely available in China. Americans who wish to ride bicycles in China are urged to wear safety helmets meeting U.S. standards.

The number of American citizens involved in serious and deadly traffic accidents in Beijing is increasing. The Embassy strongly encourages travelers to exercise special caution when crossing streets in China’s cities as pedestrians do not have the right-of-way. Please note that many taxi cabs do not have functioning seatbelts for passengers.

All drivers should be aware of the Chinese regulations regarding traffic accidents. These include the requirement that drivers:

  • Not move their vehicles or disturb the scene of the accident unless and until ordered to by the traffic police (in Shanghai, the police now prefer that if the parties can reach agreement as to who was at fault they move the vehicles out of the flow of traffic.)
  • Summon the traffic police and wait at the scene until the police arrive and complete their investigation.

If called to an accident, the police may take 20 minutes or longer to arrive. Once the police arrive, they will complete a preliminary investigation and arrange a time for you to report to the police station responsible for the accident scene. The police will prepare a written report, in Chinese, describing the circumstances of the accident. They will present the report to you either at the scene, or more likely at the police station, and ask you to sign it verifying the details of the accident. Do not sign the report as is, unless your Chinese is good enough to completely understand the report and you find it totally accurate. If you either do not understand it or believe it is partly or wholly inaccurate, you may either:

  • Write a disclaimer on the report to the effect that you cannot read and understand the report and cannot attest to the accuracy thereof, but are signing it because of the police requirement that you do so, and then sign, or
  • Write your own version of the accident, in English, on the police form and indicate that your signature only attests to the accuracy of the English version.

Most incidents (such as an accident) will draw a crowd. Drivers should remain calm. A crowd will usually move in very close to the accident and participants. In many cases the bystanders consider themselves to be an ad hoc jury. They may call for money, usually from RMB 100 to 1,000, to be paid by the party they consider at fault. The amount is not necessarily relevant to the amount of damage. A certain amount of bargaining is normal, even at accidents involving two Chinese parties. Though a crowd may seem threatening, crowd assaults on foreigners at accidents have not been reported. If a traffic police booth is nearby, you may wish to leave the vehicle and walk there to await the arrival of the police accident team. Alternatively, you may walk to a shop, restaurant, or other location nearby in the immediate vicinity and wait for police.

You should not leave the scene of an accident. Your actions may serve to further incite the crowd if they perceive that you are fleeing to evade responsibility for your share of blame or payment of damages. The crowd may attempt to keep your vehicle at the accident scene by standing in the way or blocking the roadway with vehicles, bicycles and other objects.

Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information. Visit the website of the country’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety at China National Tourist Bureau —

AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT:  The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of China’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of China’s air carrier operations. For more information, travelers may visit the FAA’s internet web site at

- all the information in this table is from Consular Information Sheet of US Department of State, for you reference only.

China Health and Medicine Related Statistics

  • Smoking Population in China: More than one quarter of China's population (about 300 million adults - smok, and tobacco kills one million Chinense people every year.
  • The number of new HIV/AIDS infections in China was about 70,000 in 2005, with 25,000 deaths reported across the country.
  • China's basic medical insurance system covers 1 bln people - Xinhua

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China Health Facts and Figures
  • Health and Medical: The total number of hospitals and clinics: 320,000, the total number of doctors: 1.39 million, nurses and technicans: 1,05 million.  

  • About AIDS in China: First case found in 1985, and by now 173 had died, and HIV infections: 400,000, two third of them are regular drug users (July 1999 data). (Back to Top)

  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) population in China: 100 million.

  • Nearsightedness (Myopia) According to the most recent survey, about 50% Chinese teenagers are suffered from nearsightedeness compared with 15% in 1970's. (Source: Feb. 25, 2000)

  • Smoking: (based on data collected in January 2000, by China Consumers Association) Smoking population in China: 350 million (about 50 million smokers are teen-agers), shared about 1/4 of total smoking population in the world. 62% Chinese male and 3.8% Chinese female smoking. 37.6% of total Chinese population smoking.

  • For those smokers in China, 16 cigarettes on average per day; and the expense for smoking shared 15% of their income.The average age of first smoking in China is 25 years old, 3 years earlier than that of 1984.

  • The total smoking population in China increased 3.5% compared with the statisitcs in the year of 1984 (Health Ministry of PRC Nov. 99 data.) (Back to Top)

  • Suicide & Suicide Rate: there are 200,000 people commit suicide in China every year (22 per 100 thousand population), which is 42% of total suicide in the world. (Data of 2001)

Suicide Rate (Per 100,000) (source: WHO):  

  • Mainland China

Year Male Female
1998 13.4 14.8
  • Hong Kong SAR

Year Male Female
1996 15.9 9.1

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  • Mental disease and mental disorder population: 16 million (1999 data)

  • Total Number of Nurses in China (by the end of 2002): 1.2465 million

  • Traffic Accident Death: More than 90,000 people died in traffic accidents each year. The rate is the highest in the world. (Sep. 2001 data) (Back to Top)

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