Putting Health First: Shanghai’s Best Hospitals for Expats

Putting Health First: Shanghai’s Best Hospitals for Expats
By Rob Kellaghan , eChinacities.com

“If I were to suddenly become sick, where should I go?” – one of the most important questions an expat in Shanghai will want to know the answer to. Nobody likes a trip to the hospital at the best of times, but in a big city like Shanghai where expats face a considerable language and cultural barrier, knowing which hospital to visit when ill health strikes is crucial. Fortunately, Shanghai is home to a number of high quality international hospitals and medical centers which can adequately meet the health needs of the city’s expat community. Given the spread of expats throughout the city, these hospitals are conveniently located in both Pudong and Puxi, and here we outline which hospitals are rated among the best for Shanghai’s expatriates.

1) Shanghai United Family Hospital 上海和睦家医院 View In Map
With four locations in Shanghai including the main hospital in Changning District, two smaller clinics in Minhang District and Pudong New Area, and a dental facility also in Changning District, Shanghai United Family has been providing first class treatment and medical services to expats since first opening in 2004. United Family offer a wide selection of health services, such as dermatology, gynecology, internal medicine, dental, emergency services, pediatrics and eye, ear, nose and throat treatments.

Appointments can be made either through their website, by email, or by contacting the relevant clinic directly. The medical staff of United Family are highly qualified and experienced, with many having studied and worked in the United States, Europe and Asia. As a result, staff are proficient in a number of languages and effective communication is guaranteed. Expats with young children should note that United Family also operates a flexible pediatrics and family medicine unit with doctors available during business hours each day.

Add: 1139 Xianxia Lu, near Lingquan Lu, Changning Disitrict, Shanghai
Tel: 021 2216 3900; Emergency 021 2216 3999
Website: http://shanghai.ufh.com.cn/en/

2) Parkway Health 百汇医疗
Formerly known as World Link Medical Center, Parkway Health opened its first clinic in Shanghai in 2005 and it has since expanded to house seven health facilities in Shanghai - five in Puxi and two in Pudong. As part of the Singapore Parkway Holdings Limited, Parkway is one of the largest private medical groups in Asia. In Shanghai, Parkway’s medical staff comprises both expatriate and local physicians that are competent in a multitude of international languages. In addition to offering over 30 specialist services, Parkway also provides a comprehensive range of general medical services including ophthalmology, sports medicine and physiotherapy, radiology, general surgery and cardiology.

Patients seeking information or wishing to make an appointment can complete a short questionnaire on the company website or contact the general admissions telephone number. Moreover, Parkway also provide a 24 hour helpline for emergency assistance.

Tel: 24 hour helpline, 021 6445 5999
Website: www.parkwayhealth.cn

3) Global HealthCare 全康医疗
Global HealthCare offers premier medical and dental services to expats in Shanghai from two medical centers – one in Pudong and the other in Puxi. Global HealthCare’s Pudong Center was first opened in 2007, and while it predominantly focused on offering consultations, dental and x-ray services, the opening of the Puxi center allowed Global HealthCare to broaden its services and treatments to include colposcopy, cardiology, diagnostics, endoscopy, dermatology and gastroenterology among others.

Global HealthCare also enjoys a partnership with Renji Hospital, allowing Global HealthCare patients access to over 100 VIP beds, seven premier VIP rooms, 2,300 medical staff and modern medical facilities. Global HealthCare has a total staff of 15 expatriate and local staff that are fluent in English, Japanese, Chinese, French and German. Appointments can be made via the website or by contacting the respective center.

Tel: 5298 6339 (Puxi); 6877 5093 (Pudong)
Website: http://www.ghcchina.com/

4) Shanghai East International Medical Center 上海东方国际医院  View In Map
When it opened in 2003, the Shanghai East International Medical Center became the first joint-venture private medical center in Shanghai. From its location in Pudong, Shanghai East quickly became the medical facility of choice for the city’s growing international and expat community. Offering “comprehensive international healthcare 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” Shanghai East has a solid reputation of providing a high standard of medical care and treatment.

The medical services and facilities available at Shanghai East include health screening, radiology, surgery, pediatrics, Traditional Chinese Medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation. Shanghai East also offers a number of specialist services and organizes First Aid training for corporate groups. Individuals requesting general information or schedules, or for making an appointment can send an email to care@seimc.com.cn or contact the 24 hour helpline: 5879 9999.

Add: 150 Jimo Lu, Pudong District, Shanghai
Tel: 24 hour helpline, 5879 9999
Website: http://www.seimc.com.cn/

5) Renai Hospital 仁爱医院 View In Map
Renai Hospital has been providing medical services to expats in Shanghai since its founding in 2001. It is part of the Bo Ai medical group, China’s largest private healthcare corporation, and it revolutionized healthcare in Shanghai at a time when first class medical services were unavailable.

Renai has won numerous awards and accreditations from local government and international organizations. It offers patients the full complement of health services, such as vaccination and immunizations, orthopedics, internal medicine, surgery, urology and a pediatric clinic. Renai was one of the first hospitals to appreciate that not all expats are fluent in English, and their staff are capable of conversing in languages such as Hindi, Korean, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. The hospital is conveniently located in the Xuhui district and appointments can be made online or by telephone.

Add: 133 Caoxi Lu, Xuhui District, Shanghai
地址: 上海市徐汇区漕溪路133号
Tel: 021 5489 3781/6468 8888
Website: http://en.renai.cn/

6) Shanghai No.1 Maternity and Children’s Health Hospital 上海市第一妇婴保健院 View In Map
A hospital dedicated solely to treating infants and children, the Shanghai No.1 Maternity and Children’s Health Hospital has been providing pediatric services to the residents of Shanghai for over 60 years. The hospital is located in the very central and convenient Jingan District of Puxi.

Expats can visit the VIP Department of the hospital for consultations and appointments with doctors and physicians that are capable of speaking English. The hospital is recognized as one of China’s leading pediatric centers, and it is fully equipped with highly professional staff and state-of-the-art medical technology and hardware.

Add: 536 Changle Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai (near Xingyang Beilu)
Tel: 021 5403 5206

Rob Kellaghan has been living in Shanghai for over 6 years working and learning Mandarin. He writes on behalf of Pacific Prime, a specialist in International Medical Insurance. You can find out more about them at www.PacificPrime.com. In operation since 2000, Pacific Prime works with over 100,000 clients in over 60 countries.

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Also I would like to add that UFH also have an orthopedic department that apart from the experienced team of local doctors they also partnered with a Hong Kong specialists group of orthopeadic doctors come to China to consult patients

Aug 11, 2023 08:14 Report Abuse


I have been in Shanghai for a couple of Month and I am happy I found a private hospital called Sky Clinic where doctors speak many languages from Spanish to Hindi. Communication in the same language is already difficult, I dont even imagine consulting with a doctor that does not speak the same language as me. The website is http://www.shanghaiskyclinic.com/en

Jun 25, 2015 19:06 Report Abuse