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State, private health-care facilities offer services

In Shanghai, both state-owned and privately run medical facilities are available, and patients can choose health-care providers depending on their professional capability, price, environment and service.

For outpatients, check your medical insurance to see which expenses can be claimed at designated medical facilities.

Dozens of medical facilities in Shanghai, including international departments of public hospitals and private clinics, are now covered by international medical insurance.

Public hospitals

The best-known comprehensive hospitals are Ruijn, Huashan and Zhongshan. Each is listed in the top 10 hospitals in the nation, which takes into consideration their overall capability.

But many big hospitals are also strong in their specialized departments, and some special hospitals for maternity and pediatrics are also ranked among the best in the nation.

All leading state-owned hospitals have VIP departments, which offer a better environment and charge more than ordinary services. High-end experts are available at such VIP departments, which usually have connections with international insurance companies.


Privately run hospitals

Apart from the state-owned facilities, there are many private hospitals and clinics in the city.

Dozens of international hospitals and clinics have foreign investment and are staffed by international management teams and medical personnel.

International medical teams have no language and culture barriers with many expatriates, a key selling point for these facilities. Expatriates comprise most of the patient load of international hospitals and clinics.

International hospitals and clinics have a growing presence in the local health-care market. International hospitals in Shanghai performed 370,000 outpatient and emergency services and nearly 10,000 inpatient hospital procedures in 2010, earning 1 billion yuan (US$163.57 million).

Many international facilities have agreements with leading state-owned hospitals, which can handle patients whose condition is too complicated for international facilities.

Recommended hospitals include, among others, the Shanghai East International Medical Center, the Shanghai United Family Hospital, the Parkway Health Medical Center, or the Huashan Hospital. You can find a list of recommended medical facilities with English-speaking staff and Western-style pharmacies via the US Embassy. The medical facilities as recommended by the US Embassy are as follows: 

American Medical Center

Address: 888 Tian Lin Rd, Bldg. 1 East

Tel: 021-6485 7333      

24-Hour Hotline: 18616239281

Email: info@amc-shanghai.com

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9am – 6pm, 

           Saturday 9am- 1pm

Website: http://www.amc-shanghai.com

(Note: This facility is privately operated and has no affiliation with the United States Government).

WorldPath Clinic International

Address: 399 Nanquan Rd         

Tel: 021- 20207888 

Fax: 021- 20207999

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9am – 8pm

Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 530pm

Website: http://www.worldpathclinic.com

You may visit the US Embassy website for a broader list of medical facilities and doctors introduced.


You should also get a name list from your consulate-general to the city or offered by your insurance company, which may designate several local hospitals as your insurance-covered spots.

Some of them can offer a full range of medical services, such as surgical operation, medical check and in-patient service, while others, such as some small clinics, may give you a diagnosis on some slight symptoms.

If you want to see a doctor, you may choose one of them by making appointment through telephone or the Website.

Besides the hospitals, dentists are also available for foreigners. You need to make sure whether your insurance will cover the charge or you just pay the bill yourself before go to the dentists, most of which are joint ventures.


Sometimes, your doctor may give you a prescription for you to buy drugs in drugstores. Go to one of the local drug stores and show the chemist the prescription before you get the medicine from him or her. Drugs in independent drugstores are often cheaper than those in hospital pharmacies, as they often mark up the price to earn profit.


Medicines sold in Chinese drug stores may not have their instructions written in English. So, you should get the instruction from your doctor.

You can also get the medicine from pharmacies in hospitals, but most of the expat hospitals don't have their own pharmacies.

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