Health advice for China

China is an increasingly popular destination for expatriates. It's economy has grown rapidly over the last few years and a huge amount of money has been spent on infrastructure projects. The country has the largest population in the world at 1.4bn and the country is rich in culture and history.

Potential health issues include tap water, which is unsafe to drink, avian flu is present in certain areas and dengue fever is problematic in some parts, especially in the rainy season. Typhoon season (May to November) can also lead to flooding.

The Healthcare System

China's healthcare system comprises both public and private hospitals. Expatriates using public hospitals may experience language barriers and slow service. Some public hospitals often include international wings to cater for expatriate clients, which have reduced waiting times and are cheaper than the private hospitals. In major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou private hospitals have Western-trained medical staff, many of whom speak English. The fees charged by private hospitals are often twice those charged by public hospitals and expatriates are recommended to purchase private medical insurance.

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