General Health Information and Provider Lists
Please note that neither the U.S. Embassy nor the State Department endorses or promotes specific providers or services on our website. The information below is submitted as an information resource only and is not meant to be comprehensive or to imply endorsement. Travelers are advised to consult the CDC's traveler's health website prior to departing for China.
Western style medical facilities with international staff 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) with reasonably up-to-date medical technology and skilled physicians who typically speak English.
Ambulances do not carry sophisticated medical equipment, and ambulance personnel generally have little or no medical training. Therefore, 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. In rural areas, only rudimentary medical facilities are generally available. Medical personnel in rural areas are often poorly trained, have little medical equipment or availability to medications. Rural clinics are often reluctant to accept responsibility for treating foreigners, even in emergency situations.