Gotoco Camp China

China has a health system that differs significantly from what you may be used to in the West. While there is huge reform going on in healthcare in China, there is currently no system of primary care in place that offers Western medicine—all medical issues that require Western medical attention are treated in large general hospitals.

This can mean long waits, distant journeys and high treatment prices for those hoping to get seen to for minor ailments . The primary care that is offered usually comes in the form of pharmacies that specialise in Chinese medicine. There are certainly benefits to both systems, however if you are used to Western medicine we suggest coming to China with a well stocked first aid kit so that you can treat yourself for minor issues such as

  • colds or influenza
  • minor wounds, such as blisters
  • mild food poisoning, such as traveller’s diarrhoea
  • headaches

Please also be sure to have enough medicine to cater to any long standing conditions you may have. It will be hard to acquire replacement medications in country. Among other things be sure to be well stocked on

  • asthma inhalers
  • nasal decongestant sprays
  • EpiPens
  • other prescription medication