What to do if you become ill in China

What to do if you become ill in China

The different climate, food and general way of life in China can make it much easier for you to get ill here than in your home country. Whether you get food poisoning, a common cold or something more serious, being ill in China can be a daunting experience!
Firstly, it’s important to understand that there are no health centers in China. If you have an illness which you need treatment for you have to go straight to the hospital. However that’s no reason to panic! At the hospital you will receive the same sort of treatment you’d normally receive in a health center back home.


China is famous for its ancient medical practices. Chinese medicine has developed over thousands of years and is rooted in the ancient philosophy of Taoism. Today it is frequently used alongside Western medicine in Chinese hospitals and clinics. It involves the use of herbs, massage and acupuncture to treat a wide range of conditions.

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Many people feel that Chinese medicine is an affective form of treatment and it is becoming increasingly popular amongst Western nations. However, Western medicine is still widely available in China. It’s easy and inexpensive to buy painkillers, throat soothers, and other types of medicine in local Chinese chemists.

InternChina has simple processes for you to follow if you become unwell in China. If you become ill whilst in Zhuhai, we recommend that you first call the Zhuhai Office Manager (Morgan Dolan) and then go to the hospital. InternChina will arrange for someone to go to the hospital with you and give you advice on what the best sort of treatment would be. At the hospital you should go straight to the 5th floor where you can gain access to a VIP section. Here you’ll have English speaking doctors who’ll be able to assist you.

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In Qingdao, InternChina is in good contact with a local hospital called Cham Shan Int’l Medical Center. The doctors and nurses at this hospital speak good English which means there shouldn’t be any language barriers. Before going to the hospital, interns are encouraged to phone the Qingdao Office Manager (Jack Fairhead). InternChina can then send someone to accompany you to the hospital and find the appropriate medicine and help translate any Chinese medical terms.

Chengdu has experienced rapid globalization and a sharp increase in foreign trade. Therefore it’s not surprising that there are numerous hospital’s which cater for the needs of foreigners and supply Western treatments. Much like in Zhuhai and Qingdao, if you become ill in Chengdu we advise that you first contact the Chengdu Office Manager (Jenny Hofmann) and then go to the hospital. This way InternChina can arrange for someone to meet you and help you with your problem.

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