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Title: Medical Service for Foreigners
Post by: paddyfields on April 21, 2009, 02:20:48 AM
  Medical Service for Foreigners


list of hospitals in China where there are English-speaking doctors and provide medical care and services to foreigners.

http://www.china.org.cn/english/health/185370.htm#31
Title: Re: Medical Service for Foreigners
Post by: Raoul F. Duke on April 21, 2009, 05:03:31 AM
Wow! Great catch! bfbfbfbfbf
I've added this to the Links page, under "Expat Services", and attributed it to you. This is great info...thank you very much! bjbjbjbjbj
Title: Re: Medical Service for Foreigners
Post by: psd4fan on April 21, 2009, 12:38:50 PM
That rocks. Thanks.
Title: Re: Medical Service for Foreigners
Post by: Mr Nobody on April 21, 2009, 02:47:54 PM
It sucks. No hospitals in it for Guangxi except one in Guilin, a good 9 hours away. Nothing for me in it. OK, OK, if I lived elsewhere, it would be better.
Title: Re: Medical Service for Foreigners
Post by: JShep on April 21, 2009, 07:02:27 PM
The People's Hospital of Hunan Province provided necessary treatment  akakakakak in Chinese language. Staff was not skilled in speaking English.
Title: Re: Medical Service for Foreigners
Post by: DWA on April 21, 2009, 11:16:14 PM
In Jinzhong City, Shanxi Province there are none, closest one is in Taiyuan about an hour away.

However, I regularly go....alone.....to the Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital here and have gotten excellent service and the Doctor does understand  bfbfbfbfbf some low level (roughly grade school level) English and we can do business.

I've seen this list before and it is growing, so there are efforts to assist Foreigners in getting reasonable treatment.
Title: Re: Medical Service for Foreigners
Post by: babala on April 22, 2009, 02:51:46 AM
Great link bfbfbfbfbf

I'd like to add a few other hospitals in Jiangsu that I know have doctors that speak English.

Suzhou - #2 Hospital & Kowloon Hospital

Changzhou - # 1 Hospital
Title: Re: Medical Service for Foreigners
Post by: BrandeX on April 22, 2009, 01:07:13 PM
My hospital is missing from that list.
http://www.clifford-hospital.org/en/index.html (http://www.clifford-hospital.org/en/index.html)
Title: Re: Medical Service for Foreigners
Post by: El Macho on April 25, 2009, 04:19:33 AM
Thanks, great link.

For Changchun they list the Norman Bethune Medical University. I became friends with a student there, and he told me that the school is actually linked with Johns Hopkins in the US and something like 95% of the graduates emigrate to the US and practice medicine there. Don't know if that's true or not, but he did speak good English  ahahahahah
Title: Re: Medical Service for Foreigners
Post by: Shroomy on April 25, 2009, 05:11:43 AM
For Changchun they list the Norman Bethune Medical University. I became friends with a student there, and he told me that the school is actually linked with Johns Hopkins in the US and something like 95% of the graduates emigrate to the US and practice medicine there. Don't know if that's true or not, but he did speak good English  ahahahahah

Sorry, but that's complete nonsense.  There isn't even a school called Norman Bethune Medical University anymore.  It is the Medical Institute of Jilin University.  Same school though.  I taught there last year.  It was a very highly ranked medical school for China.  By international standards it is like comparing professional American baseball to a Chinese school baseball team.

Yeah, I know.  You can't actually compare them.  kkkkkkkkkk

The majority of students do speak pretty good English.  A few do go on to study at various overseas locations.  I am not aware of any large scale association with Johns Hopkins.  There are no foreign doctors teaching at the medical school.  A very nice married pair of retired Canadian doctors come every year and teach for 3 months.  And various specialists come to give lectures or participate in 1-2 day seminars.  Their speeches are usually translated to Chinese for the attendees.

The quality of the graduates has declined over the past few years since the amalgamation of Norman Bethune into the bankrupt Jilin University system.  They actually have at least 3 teaching hospitals, and I have taught quite a few of the department heads and doctors traveling to overseas training.  A surprising lot of them do speak useful English.  But the Chinese version of Western medicine is still about 50 years behind developed countries, except in a very few big city hospitals (not Changchun).

If you have to get really sick in Changchun, a teaching hospital is your best bet for finding English speaking doctors, but having spent time as a patient and a teacher there, I'd opt for staying healthy.  agagagagag
Title: Re: Medical Service for Foreigners
Post by: The Local Dialect on April 25, 2009, 02:09:28 PM
I had my son at the First People's Hospital of Yunnan, which is on the list, but my doctors didn't speak English. Or at least I assume they didn't, I never tried to speak English with them, and they never tried to speak with me. They were always quite relieved when they found I spoke Chinese (I knew because they'd say as much!).

I don't know though, hospitals are huge. How likely is it that every department is going to have English speakers? The list does seem like a pretty good list of hospitals that, while they may or may not have English speakers, are reputable and unlikely to rip you off or kill you.  bfbfbfbfbf
Title: Re: Medical Service for Foreigners
Post by: Mr Nobody on April 26, 2009, 02:20:08 PM
According to their education system, ALL doctors are supposed to understand English, as are all teachers.

I guess something is rotten in the state of Denmark. (Sorry, Eric - it's a metaphor, not a criticism of Denmark per se. I thought Denmark was nice. I'd go again, if they would have me back.)
Title: Re: Medical Service for Foreigners
Post by: becster79 on April 27, 2009, 12:01:17 AM
It would be good to know what the Chinese authorities are doing about the swine flu pandemic that seems to be going around. Which hospitals are good to go to etc.

I guess I'm being completely paranoid today, but this morning I *did* wake up feeling crappy, with kind of fluish like symptoms that's been reported, and yes, I've been eating the pork in various varieties from the canteen at least the last 3-4 days  aoaoaoaoao!
Title: Re: Medical Service for Foreigners
Post by: AMonk on April 27, 2009, 12:14:17 AM
There is NO pandemic, Becs. 

Yes.  There are several cases confirmed in Mexico and US (people went to Mexico and brought it home), but it is not even yet at the epidemic stage.  They aren't closing the Border, even.  At least not yet.

And you get it from personal contact.  Not by consuming pork. 

You may "just" have the start to the flu bug.
Title: Re: Medical Service for Foreigners
Post by: becster79 on April 27, 2009, 12:19:14 AM
Hope so (well, hope not!). But didn't you also hear the news that there's been a flight attendant that may have carried it from Mexico to England, there's also 10 students in quarrantine in New Zealand after returning from a trip to Mexico on Saturday...and in my state paper (Australia) in Queensland there were a couple of suspected cases (now just ruled out) but doctors say it's already in Australia.

Anyway, me being paranoid...
Title: Re: Medical Service for Foreigners
Post by: paddyfields on April 27, 2009, 07:52:57 AM
It would be good to know what the Chinese authorities are doing about the swine flu pandemic that seems to be going around.

There is an information web-site and also a forum.
http://www.flu.org.cn/en/default.html

Title: Re: Medical Service for Foreigners
Post by: Raoul F. Duke on April 28, 2009, 08:45:49 AM
Dear God, do please stay on-topic in the Library. llllllllll
Title: Re: Medical Service for Foreigners
Post by: technolust on May 18, 2009, 04:39:46 AM
Sir run run shaw in Hangzhou was ok. The foreign dept. is in building #3 and is brand new and very nice indeed. Most of the tests and treatment are done in the older buildings though. Hygiene standards and medical practices aren't at the same level as in the west, but close enough to be acceptable. Medical equipment appears modern as well.

Foreigners get (and pay for) the VIP treatment, an English speaking nurse takes you were you need to go and helps sort out the bill. Doctors speak English. Some staff spoke English well, others not so much...

It won't cost an arm and a leg, it's a good alternative to a foreign hospital in Shanghai or Beijing. Those places will end up taking you to a Chinese hospital (or the Chinese half of the JV hospital more likely) anyway as they often don't have the required specialists.