The overall healthcare in
can be described as good. Strolling around the city, one can find quite
easily a number of medical care providers, including those which
practices western medicine (they are there to cater especially for the
local expatriate communities there). As the number is vast, you may want
to find out from your contacts (or check the internet) before your
arrival in Shanghai
on which provider you can count on for yourself and your family. It is
common for the local expatriate community to have its own medical
facility, but look again; you would realize the choice and depth of
service may differ (dependent on community size and local availability)
from one to another.
Without a doubt, the most widely practiced medicine in Shanghai is Traditional Chinese Medicine (or
TCM). It is definitely a novelty if you have been used to the
conventional western medicine. Even while medical experts have
acknowledged TCM place in the medical discipline (as a complimentary
branch of medicine), it still evoke mixed feelings. Some would be
totally dismissive while there are those who gave it a lot of credit
because of personal experience (either his or her own experience or that
of loves ones or relative). There are also a lot of massage clinics in
Shanghai but differences in prices, and corresponding the service levels
fluctuates hugely here (my assumption: price offered is in direct
proportion to the professional background and training, as well as the
depth of service on offer). Then there are also the hybrid massages with
traditional Chinese medicine or complimentary services such as manicure
and pedicure bundled in.
Healthcare Facilities in
Naturally, western style clinics in the city are well-frequented by the
expatriate communities. They are usually managed and run by expatriates
and they tend to be expensive. Or you can seek treatment from the city’s
foreigners' clinics as designated by the
health authority. But the often heard complaint about such clinics is
that they do not look like professionally run. One other complaint is
that quite a few of them are manned by non-English speaking locals, so
it would be a good idea to brush up your Chinese vocabulary before you
give these clinics a try.
Overall, the service level is decent and the cost is reasonable (again
may vary from one to another). Otherwise, the public hospital in the
city would only take on foreigners in case of emergency.
Private Medical Facilities in
As the people in Shanghai
become more affluent with the economic growth, private healthcare is
mushrooming. The private hospitals and clinics are usually joint
ventures and they come in all sizes. Often the charge levied is
dependent on of the staff level and medical equipment invested, hence
treatment or care dispensed may not be consistent.
For expatriates who are based in
Shanghai, the common route for them is to fly
home when they require medical treatment, or sometimes they do make a
trip to either Bangkok or Hong Kong
for their treatments. Apparently they have not yet become comfortable
seeking major treatment in
Those medical clinics run by Americans tend to be more popular in Shanghai and they are equal to their jobs. Due
to the ever expanding expatriate community’s size, more such set-ups are
expected in the foreseeable future.
There is no regulatory requirement for immunizations in the city but its
health authority would encourage visitors to go for certain
immunizations, like those against Hepatits A & B, Japanese encephalitis
and rabies. If you plan to do that, maybe it is more convenient you do
that before you fly off to Shanghai but if you feel
comfortable, you can let the medical staff in Shanghai to take care of that.
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