Public hospitals in Hangzhou treat more than 10,000 foreign patients every year because of their advanced facilities, good skills and services, and traditional Chinese therapies.
As Hangzhou becomes increasingly international, many Chinese companies are also hiring foreign employees who enjoy living in the city.
“We receive foreign visitors every year,” said Gu Yueying, head nurse of the International Department of Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital in Hangzhou, which once provided service to Bill Clinton and Antonio Samaranch. “They are more willing to stay if they think the city’s medical service is good.”
Many foreigners choose Hangzhou hospitals because they are attracted by traditional Chinese medicine, advanced technology and excellent service of these hospitals.
Gu said foreign patients are still very small in number compared with Chinese patients and local residents are not worried that expatriates will occupy too much medical resources. She said revenue from foreign patients can subsidize public hospitals.
Source: Hangzhou International Center