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Healthcare in Beijing

Most expats needing healthcare in Beijing go to the city's private hospitals and medical centres. Public hospitals are cheap but waiting times are long and the quality of treatment can vary greatly. Private medical centres are also preferred for non-emergency visits. The Chinese in Beijing generally don't attend separate general practitioner clinics but queue at the public hospitals for non-emergency treatments and advice. This creates enormous and frustrating waits that can be avoided at private centres. Doctors at private clinics generally speak English and are often expatriates from Europe or the US themselves. Some Chinese doctors use elements of traditional medicine in their practice although, in general, the two fields have little overlap in Beijing medical centers. The most prominent expat-friendly hospitals in Beijing include: Bayley and Jackson Medical Centre 7 Ritan Dong Lu, Chaoyang District Tel: (10) 8562 9998 www.bjhealthcare.com Beijing United Family Hospital 2 Jiangtai Road, Chaoyang District Tel: (10) 5927 7000 www.ufh.com.cn International Medical Center-Beijing S-106/S-110 Beijing Lufthsansa Center, No.50 Liangmaqiao Rd, Chaoyang Tel: (10) 6465 1561/2/3 www.imcclinics.com Vista Medical Centre Level 3 Kerry Centre Shopping Mall, 1 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District Tel: (10) 8529 6618 www.vista-china.net