Anyone applying for a work visa must get a health certificate from the local government, which means undergoing a health check at the Haidian Clinic of Beijing International Travel Healthcare Center (10 Dezheng Lu, in Haidian District). Your company should have someone take you there and wait for you. It’s straightforward and only takes about an hour. You take off your top and put on a hospital smock instead, then get moved along from room to room, part of a conveyor belt of foreigners being prodded and sampled. They’ll check your eyes, X-ray you, take blood, look at your teeth, etc. It’s all hygienic and efficient, and while pretty pointless, won’t do you any harm. They won’t even cancel your visa if there’s something wrong with you, assuming it’s not infectious – just recommend you see a doctor.
Health insurance in Beijing is not mandatory, and in fact one of the social problems in China as a whole is that low penetration of insurance – poor people save as much money as they can in case illness strikes, and serious health problems can bankrupt a family if they need more than the basic state-provided care. Your company will provide it as part of your package, and they will probably have a relationship with one of the international hospitals listed below. If you’re not insured, standard illnesses or even broken bones and the like won’t bankrupt you, as long as you use local hospitals; however, the international hospitals are extremely expensive and if you’re going to be here long you might be advised to purchase private insurance. Some international brokers are Expatriate Insurance Services, Medibroker and International Medical Group.
AmAsia International Medical Center
Private 24-hour provider specializing in women’s and children’s health care, with experienced doctors, nurses and midwives in an English-speaking environment.
218 Xiaoguan Beili, Anwai Dajie, east of Olympic Center, Chaoyang
Amcare Women & Children’s Hospital
Small hospital with two locations that focuses on paediatrics, gynaecology and obstetrics.
9 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang
9-9 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang
Bayley and Jackson Medical Center
Wide range of medical and dental facilities, including family medicine, surgery, ophthalmology and TCM at this Hong Kong-founded health care provider.
7 Ritan Donglu, Chaoyang
Beijing Antai Maternity Hospital
Specialist in maternity services as well as fertility research; the first hospital in Beijing to offer the option of water birth.
Building 18, Court 1, Xingheyuan, Jiayuan Road, Fengtai
Beijing Friendship Hospital
A public general hospital that specialises in cardiovascular and organ transplants.
95 Yong’an Lu, Xuanwu
Beijing International SOS Clinic
Plenty of languages spoken and excellent care at this private health care facility with an emergency ward.
Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building, 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang
Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics
Beijing’s first private hospital (opened in 1997), this offers a wide range of top-notch care from an international staff speaking several languages. 24-hour emergency service. Three smaller clinics around the city.
2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang
Mon-Fri 9:30am-7:30pm, Sat-Sun 9:30am-4:30pm
818, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi
DRC, Liangmaqiao, Chaoyang
St Regis Wellness Center. B1/F, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang
China-Japan Friendship Hospital
Public hospital with an excellent reputation and English-speaking staff that offers a wide range of care.
Yinghua Donglu, Heping Jie, Chaoyang
Hong Kong International Medical Clinic
A top-notch clinic offering health checks, general medicine, paediatrics and a good pharmacy, as well as a helpline in three languages.
9/F, Office Tower, Hong Kong Macau Center-Swissôtel, 2 Chaoyangmen Bei Dajie, Chaoyang
International Medical Center
Big facility that’s open 24 hours, with a range of languages spoken and an array of services including family medicine, OB/GYN and counselling.
S106, S111 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang
New Century International Children’s Hospital
A joint venture with Beijing Children’s hospital, this well-run facility has English-speaking staff and a full range of paediatric services. They even offer entertainment to cheer up ailing kids.
56 Nanlishi Lu (next to the East Gate of Beijing Children’s Hospital), Xicheng
Beijing New Century Harmony Pediatric Clinic
Shunyi clinic of New Century above, with more limited facilities but same high standards.
Harmony Business Center, Liyuan Street, Tianzhu Zhen, Shunyi
Peking Union Medical College Hospital
A public hospital used by many expats, with a good maternity unit as well as a full range of other services and its own blood bank.
1 Shuaifuyuan, Wangfujing, Dongcheng
Vista Medical Center
Private clinic with family medicine, dentistry, sports medicine, cardiology, ENT and more. 24-hour emergency and house call service, and staff speak Japanese and Korean as well as English.
3/F, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang
Xuanwu Pain Treatment Center
High-tech hospital specializing in neuropathy and electrophysiology, with English-speaking doctors.
Mon-Tue 8am-12pm, 1-5pm; Wed-Fri 8am-12pm
45 Changchun Jie, Xuanwu
Private chain with excellent, modern facilities and reasonable prices.
Rm A205, CITIC Building, 19 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang
Rm 308, Raycom Infotech Park, Tower A, 2 Kexueyuan Nanlu, Haidian
Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5:30pm
Room 201, The Exchange-Beijing, B118 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang
Mon-Thu 9am-5:30pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm
1/F, Somerset Fortune Garden, 46 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang
Beijing Vista Dental Clinic
Part of the Vista Medical Center, with a full range of dental services including check-up, whitening, orthodontics and implants.
3/F, Kerry Centre, 1 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang
CarePlus Dental Center
Wide range of dental options at this clinic that prides itself on having the latest technology.
3/F, Building Digital 01, 12C Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang
Elite Dental Clinic
Multiple languages spoken at this clinic that specializes in implants and prosthetics based on “German-standard” equipment and training.
Room 205, Tower A, Boya International Center, 1 Lize Zhongyi Lu, Wangjing, Chaoyang
Joinway Dental Clinic
English-language service and a full array of dental services including standard check-ups, preventative care, restorative treatment and orthodontics.
11D, Building D, Oriental Kenzo Plaza, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng
A high-end dental service provider, PrettySmile Dental concentrates on providing a professional, safe, beautiful and comfortable clinic service. Offers specialised care and provides a professional resource for dental information, training and care.
Services include: Braces, Invisalign, Cosmetic, Implant, Crown & Veneer, Teeth Cleaning & Whitening, Children’s Dentistry, Root Canal Treatment, Periodontal Treatment and Extraction.
5-105-1, Retail Building 5, Sanlitun SOHO, Chaoyang District
All standard treatments as well as implants, veneers and paediatric dentistry at this well-considered chain with foreign-trained dentists and English-language service.
East of the Basement, Sunshine Plaza, 68 Anli Lu, Chaoyang
NB 210, B2/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang
FC222, 21st Century Hotel, 40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang
LB107, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi
Rm 106, Building 11, 22 Yuanda Lu (near Golden Resources Department Store), Haidian