Health Certificate

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

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.

24 hours
218 Xiaoguan Beili, Anwai Dajie, east of Olympic Center, Chaoyang
6496 8888

Amcare Women & Children’s Hospital

Small hospital with two locations that focuses on paediatrics, gynaecology and obstetrics.
9 Fangyuan Xilu, Chaoyang
6434 2399
9-9 Jiangtai Xilu, Chaoyang
6434 2399

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.
Mon-Sat 9am-6pm
7 Ritan Donglu, Chaoyang
8562 9998

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
6773 5551

Beijing Friendship Hospital

A public general hospital that specialises in cardiovascular and organ transplants.
95 Yong’an Lu, Xuanwu
6301 4411

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
6462 9112

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.
Mon-Sat 8:30am-5:30pm
2 Jiangtai Lu, Chaoyang
5927 7000
Mon-Fri 9:30am-7:30pm, Sat-Sun 9:30am-4:30pm
818, Pinnacle Plaza, Tianzhu Real Estate Development Zone, Shunyi
8046 5432
Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm
DRC, Liangmaqiao, Chaoyang
5927 7005
Mon-Sat 8:30am-3:30pm
St Regis Wellness Center. B1/F, 21 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang
8532 1678

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
8420 5122

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
6553 2288

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.
24 hours
S106, S111 Lufthansa Center, 50 Liangmahe Lu, Chaoyang
6465 1561

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
6456 2599

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
6456 2599

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.
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
1 Shuaifuyuan, Wangfujing, Dongcheng
6529 5284

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
8529 6618

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
8672 5461

Dental Services

Arrail Dental

Private chain with excellent, modern facilities and reasonable prices.
Rm A205, CITIC Building, 19 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang
6500 6472
Rm 308, Raycom Infotech Park, Tower A, 2 Kexueyuan Nanlu, Haidian
8286 1956
Mon-Thu 9am-6pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5:30pm
Room 201, The Exchange-Beijing, B118 Jianguo Lu, Chaoyang
6567 5670
Mon-Thu 9am-5:30pm, Fri-Sun 9am-5pm
1/F, Somerset Fortune Garden, 46 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang
8440 1926

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
8529 6618

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
6586 2517

Elite Dental Clinic

Multiple languages spoken at this clinic that specializes in implants and prosthetics based on “German-standard” equipment and training.
Mon-Sat 8:30am-5:30pm
Room 205, Tower A, Boya International Center, 1 Lize Zhongyi Lu, Wangjing, Chaoyang
8256 2568

Joinway Dental Clinic

English-language service and a full array of dental services including standard check-ups, preventative care, restorative treatment and orthodontics.
Mon-Sat 9am-6pm
11D, Building D, Oriental Kenzo Plaza, 48 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Dongcheng
8447 6092

PrettySmile Dental

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
5785 3898

SDM Dental

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
6497 2173
NB 210, B2/F, China World Shopping Mall, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang
6505 9439
FC222, 21st Century Hotel, 40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang
6466 4814
LB107, Euro Plaza, 99 Yuxiang Lu, Tianzhu Town, Shunyi
8046 6084
Rm 106, Building 11, 22 Yuanda Lu (near Golden Resources Department Store), Haidian
8859 6912

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