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Visiting a Doctor in China – Hospital Types

 

When visiting a doctor in China there are 4 main types of hospital in China you need to consider. Different types of hospitals have different costs, service levels and hygiene standards. Also medical insurance plans often restrict access to certain types of hospital.

Hospital Type Cost Comparison

High-cost Providers

High-cost providers are private hospitals which charge more than the average private hospital. Insurance companies designate them as ‘high-cost’ and if you want your insurance company to cover these hospitals, typically the premium will be 25-35% higher than if you have these hospitals not covered or only partially covered.

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Clinic reception area of a high-cost medical provider

 


Private Hospitals

Private Hospitals are funded privately and are sometimes funded from offshore sources. They are categorized by having convenient services, a clean environment and the availability of doctors who speak multiple languages.

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Public Hospitals VIP Wards

The VIP wards of public hospitals are run in a similar way to private hospitals and clinics. They are categorized by having the best medical care, convenient services, a clean environment and the availability of doctors who speak multiple languages.

Are English language doctors available?

Clinic reception area of a public hospital VIP ward provider

 


Public Hospitals

If you don’t have insurance and only a limited amount of cash to pay for medical treatment costs out of pocket, you will probably find yourself in the normal ward of a public hospital. They typically suffer from overcrowding, production-line-style processes, poor hygiene and a lack of privacy when being examined by a doctor.

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Crowded doctor’s office in a public hospital