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Emergency hospitals for expats in Beijing and Shanghai

Medical emergencies often happen at the most inopportune times. How do you make sure you are prepared for serious accidents as an expat living in China? In this Pacific Prime China article, we would like to gift our readers with peace of mind. They say, “the more you know, the better”. Here, we’ll go over the types of emergency hospitals you can expect to find in both Beijing and Shanghai. For your convenience, we also included a list of the best medical facilities and their contact information below.

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Expat emergency care in China

You can access emergency care from a wide range of medical facilities in China. However, how are medical emergencies dealt with here? We have tackled this topic previously in our in-depth guide to medical emergencies in China. Even so, it’s good to get a snapshot of common problems you’d face as an expat seeking emergency care in China.

Language barrier

Expats in China often have a hard time communicating with the locals if they’re not fluent in Mandarin. As such, simply calling for an ambulance can be a difficult task. Case in point: how do you communicate with the phone operator?

Long wait times

Ambulances may take over an hour to arrive. To add to that, they are not outfitted with sufficient medical equipment to begin treatment right away. For these reasons, expats in China frequently take a taxi to their nearest medical facility. This way, the price is cheaper and quick medical attention is guaranteed.

Types of hospitals

There are several categories of hospitals in China – all with varying degrees of convenience for expats. Public emergency hospitals are cheap. However, you’d run into a number of issues. These include a language barrier, long wait times, under-trained staff, and a lack of access to cutting-edge technology and treatment.

Other options are international and foreign-run emergency hospitals. They have foreign-trained doctors who can speak your language, and the latest medical equipment and procedures. Of course, all of these come with a much higher price tag. In other words, you’d definitely want to secure a comprehensive health insurance plan in case of emergencies.

Proof of insurance

Without proof of insurance, many emergency hospitals in China will deny you treatment. What’s more, even with proof of insurance, emergency hospitals outside of major cities may refuse treatment unless the patient pays cash upfront.

Emergency hospitals

No matter which Chinese city you’re in, the #1 emergency number to keep in mind at all times is 120. This is the general medical emergency phone number that everyone in China can dial for free. It connects you with an emergency dispatcher who can send an ambulance to your location.

Besides dialing 120, there are many other places you can turn to in both Beijing and Shanghai should an emergency arise. This includes numerous 24-hour emergency clinics and hospitals in the cities. Here are some of the best facilities to head to should you experience a medical emergency, complete with Chinese language addresses you can show 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 莱佛士北京诊所 – 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
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 上海优仕美地医疗 – 上海浦东新区芳甸路1398号B1-1F
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, but they’ll be here if you need them. Interested in having access to state-of-the-art medical technology and quick medical attention? In that case, you’d want to secure private international health insurance. This plan provides you with coverage in China, as well as the rest of the world. Reach out to our helpful insurance experts at Pacific Prime China! They’re happy to show you the best options on the market for your particular needs, and give you an obligation-free quote.

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