Catégorie : medicine

Why you need to have health insurance before you move to China. Also, a discussion on Western hospitals in Shanghai, Beijing & direct billing

A serious post here, about health insurance in China. Without mincing word too much, you need to have health insurance when you arrive in China, and if you dont have it when your plane lands, you should get it soon after. Ive found that medical problems can be unexpected in China, and healthcare costs at Western hospitals is very expensive. First, do some research on the hospitals in your city. One great Western hospital that has branches in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Tianjin is United Family Hospital. In Shanghai, there are also ParkwayHealth Clinics. Browse around the hospital websites, and locate their health insurance section. Once there, go to the individual insurance companies websites, and decide which insurance provider is best for you. If youre already in China, you can contact a insurance brokerage firm like Pacific Prime, which may have some good deals for you. One thing to take notice of is direct billing. If your financial situation isnt super secure, Id highly recommend getting insurance that direct bills with your hospital of choice. If you’re not familiar with direct billing, this means that the hospital charges your insurance company, without you having to pay for any costs up front (apart from copay or not covered items). If you have insurance which doesn’t direct bill, you have to pay the balance to the hospital first, and then mail...

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Make sure to pack these 3 things when you move to China. Beijing and Shanghai have a lot of amenities, but not everything.

When you pack for China, there are a couple things that you should make sure to bring. While you can get most everything in large Chinese cities, the following 3 items may not exist, or be the brand youre used to. Deodorant / Antiperspirant Most westerners I know use deodorant or antiperspirant every day, and hardly any Chinese do. Maybe its a genetic sweating issue, or maybe a cultural one, but youll be hard pressed to find your favorite brand in the Middle Kingdom. And, trust me, in the 95+ degree heat of the summer, youre gonna need it. 2. Stomach pills These are the pills you take when you have diarrhea, stomach cramps, or the like. In the US, Pepto Bismol and Imodium fall into this category. Being in any new country can play havoc on your stomach, and China is no different. You may find yourself being able to tell how clean a restaurant is solely based upon after affects. So, bring several bottles of varying strengths, and youll be able to conquer any problem faced. 3. Floss So, maybe you dont floss right now, but use your move as an opportunity to start. Flossing prevents gum disease and removes stuff stuck in between your teeth. Also, flossing is important for preventing bad breath, and whats more of a turn off when meeting new people in an...

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