Quality expat healthcare arrives in Shenzhen

Published:  8 Aug at 6 PM
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Tagged: China, Teach Abroad
Expats heading to China will be relieved to hear that, after a scary few years, quality heathcare can now be had in the popular Chinese city.

During the first few years of its discovery by expats, getting sick or needing emergency medical attention in the Chinese mega-city of Shenzhen was a lottery involving public hospitals where no-one spoke English, doctors were rarely seen and queues reached around the building. Nowadays, thanks to a new international clinic as well as increasing awareness of Chinese traditional medicine, the situation has changed beyond recognition.

In order to popularise their new facilities, the city’s health commission took the time last week to show 94 local Chinese and six expats around the international clinic, a local hospital and a centre for TCM. The improvements are the result of an initiative begun two years ago which encouraged clinics, doctors and respected medical schools located in other parts of China to give their services to the city.

As a result, Shenzhen has welcomed 73 teams of medical specialists both from China and overseas as well as setting up two new hospitals and four TCM centres. The facilities visited by the group were the Vista SK international medical centre, the Shenzhen Hospital linked to the Southern Medical University and the WellSoon TCM centre.

The invited expats were impressed with the three facilities, with US teacher Al Smith praising the Southern Medical University’s hospital for its cleanliness, professional standards and English-speaking medical specialists. The expat group were encouraged to try TCM massages, acupuncture and bleeding treatments, with all finding the experiences fun and helpful.

At the private clinic, US family doctor Gary Sackrison noted the local government is focusing on training for primary care positions. The group were well pleased to see medical facilites oriented towards Shenzhen’s increasing expat population, adding the billing services provided made insurance cover payments far easier. Danish midwife Lotte Duffy suggested the city government should develop primary care facilities within communities as well as concentrating on hospitals and clinics.
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