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Emergency hospitals for expats in Beijing and Shanghai

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2018! We hope you had a happy and healthy holiday season, and also that you continue to do so as we head into Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dog. Of course, hopes are nice, but the reality is that medical emergencies simply don’t care what time of the year it is, and have no qualms about occurring at the most inopportune times, including the times when we intend to get together with friends and family for food, fun, and holiday gifts. With this in mind, Pacific Prime China would like to gift our readers something that we’ve been fortunate enough to provide for over 130,000 people worldwide: peace of mind. While we usually accomplish this by providing quality private medical insurance plans, today we will do so by sharing knowledge. Join us as we impart our wisdom with you as it relates to expats receiving care at emergency hospitals in Beijing and Shanghai!

Expat emergency care in China

There are many different aspects of emergency care in China that can be discussed. In fact, we have tackled this topic previously in a different article published on our blog. Even so, it’s good to go over some of the main points raised in the piece.

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Expats in China can certainly have a hard time communicating with the local population if they are not well versed in Mandarin. As such, calling for an ambulance can be problematic, and not just for the reasons you might think. Sure, communicating with the operator could be an issue, but other issues commonly arise, as well.

These include some very lengthy wait times (ambulances may take over an hour to arrive), and ambulances not being outfitted with medical equipment sufficient to begin treatment immediately. For all these reasons, expats in China will frequently just take a taxi to the nearest medical facility, if possible. The price is certainly cheaper, and getting to medical care quickly can be more of a sure thing this way.

When choosing a hospital in China, it should be known that there are several different categories of them, with varying degrees of convenience for expats. Public emergency hospitals are cheap, but run into the issues of poor communication, long wait times, less well trained staff, and a lack of access to cutting edge technology and treatment.

On the other hand, there are international and foreign-run emergency hospitals that will have foreign-trained doctors who can speak your language, and the latest in medical equipment and procedures. Of course, all of this generally comes with a much higher price tag, so anyone planning on availing themselves of a private international hospital in the event of an emergency will want to be sure to have a comprehensive health insurance plan in place.

In fact, without proof of insurance, many emergency hospitals in China will not consider treating a patient. What’s more, outside of major cities, more rural emergency hospitals may refuse treatment unless a patient pays cash up front, even with proof of insurance.

Emergency hospitals

The #1 emergency number to keep in mind at all times, no matter which city in China you’re in, is 120. This is the general medical emergency phone number that every person in China can dial. Dialing 120 is a free phone call that will connect you with emergency dispatcher that can send an ambulance to your location.

However, besides dialing 120, there are many other places that can be contacted in Beijing in Shanghai should an emergency arise, including numerous 24 hour emergency clinics and hospitals in the cities. Here are some of the best such facilities to head to should you experience a medical emergency, complete with Chinese language addresses that can be shown to local taxi drivers.

Beijing emergency medical facilities


Type of Facility Name Address Chinese Name & Address
Private hospital Raffles Medical Beijing Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District Beijing 朝阳区新源里16号琨莎中心一座105室
Private hospital Oasis International Hospital NO.9 Jiuxianqiao North Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 北京明德医院 – 北京市朝阳区酒仙桥北路9号 邮编: 100015
Public hospital Peking Union Medical College Hospital 53 North Dongdan Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 北京协和医院 – 北京市东城区东单北大街53号
Public hospital Beijing Friendship Hospital, Capital Medical University International Medical Center, 95 Yong’an Road, Xicheng District, Beijing 首都医科大学附属北京友谊医院 -北京市西城区永安路95号国际医疗中心(西区北门内科楼后)
Public hospital China-Japan Friendship Hospital 2 East Yinghua Street, Hepingli, Chaoyang District, Beijing 中日友好医院 – 北京市朝阳区和平里樱花东路2号
Private hospital Beijing United Family Hospital 2 Jiangtai Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 北京和睦家医院 – 北京市朝阳区将台路2号
Public hospital with emergency pediatrics Beijing Jingdu Children Hospital No. 1, 308 Yuan, Huilongguan East Street, Changping District, Beijing 北京京都儿童医院 -北京市昌平区回龙观东大街308号院1号
Public hospital with emergency pediatrics New Century International Children’s Hospital 56 Nanlishi Road, Xicheng District, Beijing 北京新世纪国际儿童医院 -北京市西城区南礼士路56号


Shanghai emergency medical facilities


Type of Facility Name Address Chinese Name & Address
Public hospital Shanghai First People’s Hospital, International Medical Care Center Building No.1, 585 Jiulong Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai 上海市第一人民医院 – 上海市虹口区九龙路585号
Public hospital Huashan Hospital 12 Middle Wulumuqi Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai 华山医院 – 上海市徐汇区乌鲁木齐中路12号
Public hospital Shanghai East hospital 150 Jimo Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai 上海东方联合医院 – 上海市浦东新区即墨路150号3楼
Private hospital Shanghai United Family Hospital 1139 Xianxia Road, Changning District, Shanghai 上海和睦家医院 – 上海市长宁区仙霞路1139号
Private clinic Yosemite clinic Urgent care opened until 11pm – better for walk-in patients
Private hospital with emergency pediatrics Shanghai American-Sino Women’s & Children’s Hospital 155 Songyuan Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai 上海美华妇儿医院 – 上海市徐汇区宋园路155号
Public hospital with emergency pediatrics Children’s Hospital of Shanghai No. 24, Lane 1400, West Beijing Road, Jing‘an District, Shanghai 上海市儿童医院 – 上海市静安区北京西路1400弄24号
Public hospital with emergency pediatrics Children’s Hospital of Fudan University 399 Wanyuan Road, Minhang District, Shanghai 复旦大学附属儿科医院 – 上海市闵行区万源路399号
Public hospital with emergency pediatrics Shanghai Children’s Medical Center 1678 Dongfang Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai 上海儿童医学中心特诊部 -上海市浦东新区东方路1678号3楼


We certainly hope you don’t have to make use of any of the above addresses in 2018, but they’ll be here if you need them. Also, if you are currently in need of some international health insurance – which can provide you with coverage in China, as well as all over the rest of the world – reach out to the helpful insurance experts at Pacific Prime China! They can show you the best options on the market for your particular needs, and give you a free price quote.

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