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China > Health


Prescriptions In China: What Is Available And How To Get Your Medications

Monday March 30, 2020 (10:17:19)

Over the last five years, China has put various measures in place to raise the quality of medical care and treatments. Historically, richer citizens have resorted to travelling abroad to receive treatment. For example, to Hong Kong, Japan or even further afield. This option is not available to poorer citizens, who have therefore sometimes seen the diagnosis of a serious condition as a potential death sentence. The new legislation is designed to support the development of new treatments and services at affordable prices.   more ...

China > Health


Maternity Care In China: What The Options Are And How To Decide On A Birth Plan

Friday March 27, 2020 (18:38:25)

In China, expats can choose between public, private or international hospitals for their maternity care. Home births are rare, except in the case of Chinese families in remote rural areas. Although private health insurance is not mandatory in China, it will limit your options if you do not have sufficient medical cover.   more ...

China > Health


How Much Do Health Procedures Cost In China?

Thursday March 26, 2020 (16:13:47)

Note: This article assumes a normal state of affairs in China and cannot predict future developments concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus. As long as the coronavirus crisis continues, always check official government guidance before travelling.

China has a national healthcare system, but the healthcare provided varies significantly in terms of cost, quality, and accessibility to foreign residents. In principle, everyone, including expats, can choose between: the public system, which is the cheapest option; VIP wards in public hospitals, which are a halfway house between public and private; and purely private healthcare, the most expensive option, as it is not supported at all by the state system. In practice, most Westerners opt to go private, as this is the only way to access healthcare commensurate with what they are accustomed to back home.   more ...

China > Health


Dental And Ophthalmic Care In China: How To Find The Right Options For You

Thursday March 26, 2020 (16:00:56)

Note: This article assumes a normal state of affairs in China and cannot predict future developments concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus. As long as the coronavirus crisis continues, always check official government guidance before travelling.

China has national health coverage, but there are significant variations in the standards of care, especially between urban and rural settings. The better-qualified health professionals are almost always found in urban areas, and village practitioners are often undertrained. Even in the cities, however, the ethos is generally that one-off treatment is better than a rolling programme of prevention and care. Hence you are unlikely to find the Western concept of having a regular dentist or optometrist who calls you in for regular check-ups. It will probably be up to you to identify your own needs and seek treatment.   more ...

China > Health


Complementary Therapies In China And How To Access Them

Thursday March 26, 2020 (10:38:16)

China is home to some of the most advanced complementary medicine in the world. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been practised in the country for thousands of years, along with many other types of therapy, and you will have little trouble accessing complementary therapies if you are working in China or simply visiting.   more ...

China > Moving


How To Apply For A Visa In China

Tuesday March 10, 2020 (17:09:40)

If you are between 14 and 70 years old, you will need to make your visa application in person at a visa application centre. As part of the application process, you will need to provide your biometric data (scanned fingerprints). Biometric data may also be checked/collected by immigration when you enter China, to register your entry to the country.   more ...

China > Working


How To Find A Job In China

Monday January 06, 2020 (11:17:21)

China’s buoyant economy offers good job prospects and the number of expats working in China rose from 180,000 in 1996 to over 950,000 by the end of 2018. Opportunities are expanding beyond language teaching to positions in IT, sales, media and marketing. Roles in politics, IT or finance tend to be concentrated in major cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.   more ...

China > Education


How To Find The Right School For Your Child In China

Thursday August 08, 2019 (11:22:15)

As an expat living in China, there is a lot to consider before sending your child to school. Besides the language barrier, other factors include school fees and proficiency to learn. Here is a breakdown of what you need to know about education and schools in China.   more ...

China > Living


Moving To China With Children: A Guide For Expats

Monday February 05, 2018 (12:20:18)

International travel is an exciting adventure for business people seeking new challenges: however for children taken along for the ride, it can be a tumultuous experience. Stephen Spriggs of William Clarence Education, who work with families across the globe, will bring you a series of insights on expat life: first up we look at the key considerations for expat families moving to China.   more ...

China > Financial


How To Open A Bank Account In China

Friday November 24, 2017 (12:35:30)

China is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia and the world. The Chinese currency is known as the renminbi, and is one of the most competitive currencies in the Forex market. Renminbi (meaning 'money for the people') is the most commonly used term locally, although yuan is another word for money.   more ...

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