There are several things to consider when you’re locating international hospitals and clinics in Shanghai for expatriates’ needs. In a previous post, international medical centers in Shanghai, we covered factors such as helpful, English-speaking staff, professional doctors, and a hygienic, modern and well-equipped environment. There are also a few more practical considerations to be made. These include finding an international medical center in Shanghai that has a direct billing arrangement with your health insurance provider.

Doing your homework ahead of time is always a good idea. Then, if illness strikes, you and your family will know exactly where to go for world-class medical care. Here are a few important things to plan for in advance.

Payment and insurance partners

Several hospitals and clinics in Shanghai catering to the foreign market have direct billing agreements with international medical insurance providers, including Bupa and International SOS. New Vision Eye Clinic is one of them.

It’s important to check the terms of your cover in your insurance policy wording, or by contacting your insurer directly. Some international health insurance policies require pre-authorization for in-patient procedures. Others may limit the scope of the out-patient or elective procedures that you can undergo.

Many foreigners have comprehensive expatriate insurance policies, which are often subsidized in part or in full by their employers. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’d be foolish not to make the most of a generous healthcare package by having all your annual check-ups while you’re in Shanghai. You may wish to have your annual eye examination at New Vision Eye Clinic, where China’s very first laser eye surgery procedure was performed. We’re now a proud partner of the international Optegra network. 

Choosing a doctor for your children

Finding a doctor who is good with kids – and good with your kids – is difficult enough at home. When you’re living in Shanghai, it’s yet another thing to add to the list of expat challenges. Thankfully, English-speaking doctors that have plenty of experience with foreign children do exist. Be sure to ask the receptionist at an international clinic or hospital which doctors they recommend specifically for children. This is particularly important when visiting an ophthalmologist because certain eye conditions are virtually unique to children. Naturally, a doctor who specializes in child and infant diagnosis will serve your child best. Any reputable international hospital will have a list of their doctors and their areas of specialization on their English website.

Finding an international hospital that’s located in downtown Shanghai

There may not be a shortage of clinics and hospitals catering to Shanghai’s foreign market, but you don’t want to have to traverse the city before reaching one, especially in rush hour. Locating and checking out hospitals and specialist VIP clinics in downtown Shanghai ahead of time will save you a lot of stress if and when the time comes to visit one.

New Vision Eye Clinic provides personalized eye care by leading ophthalmologists and eye doctors at three specialist clinics in Shanghai. Visit our surgical center in downtown Shanghai to discuss your eye care concerns with an English-speaking expert, or contact us by phone, email, or enquiry formWe look forward to helping you take the first step towards enhancing your vision.